This propulsive world premiere by in-demand choreographer Aszure Barton accentuates the vitality and physical prowess of the Ailey company. Driven by the dancers’ passion, skill and collective power, the work was created over a 5-week developmental process with the entire Company. The percussive score, composed by Curtis Macdonald, is infused with the infectious energy and heart that she observed in her initial encounters with the Ailey dancers.
Barton’s exhilarating new work, her first commission for Ailey, celebrates and challenges the dancers with its markedly intricate rhythmic patterns and mercurial structure. A much sought-after dance maker whose choreography ranges from Baryshnikov to Broadway, Barton has a style that is “vulnerable and feisty, brightly adept yet peculiar, witty and impetuously wild” (Dance magazine).
“LIFT embodies an atmosphere and energy created by our time spent together in collaboration. I feel very welcomed by the Ailey family and am honored to be working with such a wonderful group of artists. ” -Aszure Barton
Re-blogged rom the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Website.
The piece will premiere on December 4th, 2013 at City Center in New York City.
Also see the Aszure Barton & Artists campaign archive
Ottawa Jazz Festival
Thu, Jun 20, 2013, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Leggett Avenue, Ottawa.
Winnipeg Jazz Festival
Fri, Jun 21, 2013, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur Street, Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Jazz Festival
Sun, Jun 23, 2013, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg.
Victoria Jazz Festival
Mon, Jun 24, 2013, 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Herman’s Jazz Club, 753 View Street, Victoria.
Vancouver Jazz Festival
Tue, Jun 25, 2013, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Edmonton Jazz Festival
Wed, Jun 26, 2013, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Yardbird Suite, 11 Tommy Banks Way, Edmonton.
Medicine Hat Jazz Festival
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 10:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Esplande Studio Theatre, 401 First Street SE, Medicine Hat.
National Music Centre
Sat, Jun 29, 2013, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
National Music Centre, 134 11th Avenue, Calgary.
Due to the extreme flooding in Calgary, the performance at the NMC has been moved to:
Steinway Pianos of Calgary
9639 MacLeod Trail South
Halifax Jazz Festival
Thu, Jul 11, 2013, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, 1685 Argyle Street, Halifax.
Halifax Jazz Festival
Fri, Jul 12, 2013, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Main Festival Tent, Lower Water at Salter Street Extension, Halifax.
St. John’s Jazz Festival
Sat, Jul 13, 2013, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
LSPU Hall, Victoria Street, St. John’s.
“Alto-saxist Curtis Macdonald presents his groovesome, rhythmically complex postbop in the company of pianist David Virelles, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Adam Jackson.” -TimeOutNY
Saxophonist Curtis Macdonald’s Quartet, Featuring Pianist David Virelles, Adam Jackson and Harish Raghavan – Performs live at Greenwich House Music School.
“Curtis Macdonald… a fearless artist who is willing to break free of the shackles of expectations.” — All About Jazz
The Sound It Out series presents the Curtis Macdonald Quartet at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City’s West Village (46 Barrow Street, NYC). Saxophonist-composer Curtis Macdonald’s foursome features rising-star pianist David Virelles along with Harish Raghavan on double-bass and Adam Jackson on drums. In the words ofThe New York Times, it’s “a sleekly modern band,” one that plays music as accessible as it is intricate, as kinetic as it is cerebral. Macdonald’s 2011 album Community Immunity, released by Dave Douglas’s Greenleaf Music label, earned rave reviews. The New York Jazz Record said: “Community Immunity is much more than your average modern jazz album… It is a study in compression and expansion, compositional detail and improvisational freedom.” DownBeat called it “a dynamic effort that succeeds in opening more doors with each listen.” Macdonald, Virelles and company followed up earlier this year with the EP Twice Through the Wall, showing once again why All About Jazz said, “Curtis Macdonald stands apart from the rest
Macdonald, a New Yorker originally from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, will lead his quartet in selections from Community Immunity and Twice Through the Wall at Greenwich House, along with debuting new material crafted especially for this concert. He says: “Many of the recent pieces that I’ve been writing are based on lucid dreams I’ve been having, so there’s a dreamscape element to much of the music – with an aspect of chance and risk.” Macdonald has been the copyist for Henry Threadgill on the master composer’s past couple of projects, and other influences have ranged from psychological studies on lucid dreaming to field recordings from around the world, from ancient Tibetan texts to Sufi mysticism, from vortex math to chance processes. Macdonald’s band mates are “so open-minded and game for whatever I throw at them – they’re such stimulating musicians to interact with.” As for what the audience takes away from the music at Greenwich House, Macdonald says: “A lot of lucid dreaming includes a feeling of flying, so I hope there’s an uplifting quality to this music – and listeners leave the concert feeling lighter, even inspired.”
“An average man can ‘grab’ the things of the world only with his hands, or his eyes, or his ears, but a sorcerer can grab them also with his nose, or his tongue, or his will, especially his will. I cannot really describe how it is done, but you yourself, for instance, cannot describe to me how you hear. It happens, that I am also capable of hearing, so we can talking about what we hear, but not about how we hear. A sorcerer uses his will to perceive the world. The perceiving, however, is not like hearing. When we look at the world or when we hear it, we have the impression that it is out there and that it is real. When we perceive the world with our will we know that it is not ‘out there’ or ‘as real’ as we think.”
-don Juan Matus
Photo by Johannes G.
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