Black Composer Speaks: Exhortation! Featuring Kahil El’ Zabar


5:45pm: Roundtable Discussion on inclusion, access, and aesthetics in music from the Black Diaspora.
-Led by Steve Bynum, Senior Producer of WBEZ’s “Worldview”

7:30pm: Concert

In collaboration with Kahil El’ Zabar and The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Fulcrum Point celebrates the unique and complex voices of Black American composers by championing the music of three generations of artists, ranging from impressionistic to pop-inspired minimalism to free jazz improv. Bridging these diverse musical stylings will be a world premiere composition by the widely acclaimed Tomeka Reid. Reid’s music is both jazz and classically influenced, making her the natural fulcrum point, where tradition meets innovation. The evening will end with a set of free-jazz improv led by the legendary Kahil El’ Zabar and his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, in collaboration with Fulcrum Point New Music Project. A roundtable discussion on inclusion and access in new art music precedes the concert.

Alvin Singleton: Greed Machine
Jeffrey Mumford: still air
Jessie Montgomery: Strum
Olly Wilson: Piano Trio
Tomeka Reid: World premiere, title TBD
Kahil El’Zabar: selections with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble:

Kahil El’Zabar, percussion/composition/vocals
Corey Wilkes, trumpet
Alex Harding, baritone saxophone

The Convergence of Experimental Musical Mediums:
A Roundtable Discussion on inclusion, access, and aesthetics in music from the Black Diaspora, which precedes the concert, will address inclusion, convergence of avant-garde and contemporary musical expression and the artistic diaspora within the context of new music and art. Steve Bynum, producer of WBEZ’s “Worldview” will lead a discussion with panelists Stephen Burns, Fulcrum Point’s Artistic Director; Seth Parker Woods, Fulcrum Point’s Curator of Inclusion and Discoveries; Nathalie Joachim, flutist with Eighth Blackbird; Tomeka Reid, composer/cellist/scholar; and Sadie Woods, curator, DJ, Entrepreneur.

Preceding the concert
February 10th, 5:45 pm
The Promontory,
5311 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago

$25 row seating, $35 table seating

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