The Bridge #13/Kelan Phil Cohran
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:30 PM CDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
The Promontory, Chicago, IL
Front Row Seating $32 (Per Seat), Table Seating $22 (Per Seat), Row Seatiing Lounge $15
This special night of music opens with an extremely rare set by the legendary KELAN PHIL COHRAN, accompanoed by his son Malik.
COHRAN will be celebrating his 90th birthday by performing for the first time this year. Known for his trumpet contributions in the Sun Ra Arkestra in Chicago during 1959-1961 and his founding of the AACM, Cohran's brilliant work with his own ensemble The Artistic Heritage Ensemble in the 1960s.
The Bridge #13 + AiR & Lou Mallozzi
Pierre-Antoine Badaroux - alto saxophone
Jean-Luc Guionnet - alto saxophone
Jim Baker - piano, keyboards, electronics
Jonathan Chen - violin
Tatsu Aoki - double bass
Jason Roebke - double bass
Kioto A. - taiko drums
Lou Mallozzi - turntables, electronics.
Above all, do not expect anything, be ready for everything. For you’ll definitely have to be all ears for this thirteenth French-American ensemble to cross The Bridge, and on the look-out with them: the four strong personalities that are part of it have become experts in the however uncertain art of astonishment. In their hands and under their breaths, music instruments are at times like microscopes, at times like telescopes, scanning all the states and dynamics of sound, of the echoing space, be they unsuspected or stupefying. And obvious anew. Their meticulousness at times is only matched by their profusion at others, yet the transition from one to the other is never mechanical. And their understanding of interactivity between improvisers accepts all complementarities, all disputes; the highest form of pooling into play. As one of them says: “I believe that the improvised encounter makes contradictions come to the surface: those of individual discourses, revealed by the tension games that lie between them. Each one of us comes with his memory, his experience, his ears, his techniques, his methods, does all he can to forget it all and be in the moment, to play with the others, against the others; to be polite, provocative… Yet, paradoxically, it is only by strongly wanting to be all this at once, that one is oneself more than ever. Will this be an encounter?” And what sort? It’s up to them, up to you to play, to mix the dominos, deal the cards. Your hand is made of an impossible four of a kind, aces.