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Jazz Legend to Share New Work at CalArts Concert

Legendary Jazz Musician Wadada Leo Smith to Preview a New Work from his Acclaimed Ten Freedom Summers Collection at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

With this performance, Smith announces his retirement from the faculty of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts in May.

Smith was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music for Ten Freedom Summers. He is DownBeat magazine's 2013 Composer of the Year and received 2013 Jazz Journalists Association Awards for Musician of the Year and Trumpeter of the Year.

The performance will be held in the Main Gallery on the CalArts campus in Valencia on Wednesday, October 23 at noon. It is open to the public. Admission is free.

Click here for a high resolution version of the photo.
Click here for a video of a performance from the Ten Freedom Summers Collection.

Valencia, CA, October 7—CalArts faculty member Wadada Leo Smith is one of the most boldly original figures in American jazz and creative contemporary music, and one of the great trumpet players of our time.  For a special concert, announcing his retirement from the Performer Composer and Jazz Programs of The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts, Smith will perform in a preview of his new work That Sunday Morning: Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley: We Carry You In Our Hearts. The composition commemorates the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, in Birmingham, Alabama, fifty years ago. It is the most recent addition to Smith’s widely heralded Ten Freedom Summers Collection.  The music, for the performance at CalArts, will be performed by Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet (Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Brown, John Lindberg, and Anthony Davis) and Pacifica Red Coral.

The performance will be held in the Main Gallery on the CalArts campus in Valencia on Wednesday, October 23, at noon. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. The event at CalArts precedes the world premiere of That Sunday Morning at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. on October 25 and 26.  See calendar listing below.

Ten Freedom Summers is Smith’s soul-searching tribute to the civil rights movement honoring such heroes as Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

In Rhapsody magazine’s Jazz Critics Poll, Francis Davis called Ten Freedom Summers “a stunning achievement, with the dramatic sweep of the trumpeter’s writing (for both a chamber orchestra and his own small group)… It merits comparison to Coltrane’s A Love Supreme in sobriety and reach.”

Read more about Ten Freedom Summers here:
http://www.wadadaleosmith.com/pages/ten_freedom.html

About Wadada Leo Smith:
http://www.wadadaleosmith.com/pages/bio.html 

Calendar Editors Please Note:

What:
DownBeat magazine’s 2013 Composer of the Year Wadada Leo Smith performing a preview of his new work That Sunday Morning: Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley: We Carry You In Our Hearts—a new addition to Smith’s widely heralded Ten Freedom Summers Collection.

When:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at noon

Where:
CalArts
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2340
The concert takes place in CalArts’ Main Gallery
Click here for directions

Tickets:
Admission is FREE
For information call 661 253 7816

Last edited by mcrane on Oct 10, 2013
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