THIS WEEKEND: Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE Festival – Nights 1+2 in San Francisco, California

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A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith. It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation.

This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works.

CREATE occurs annually in New Haven, CT during the month of April, and later in the year in other regions in the United States. There, CREATE incorporates a community of musicians in those selected sites.

Also, each festival opens with young developing artist’ ensemble, who are assigned to compose a new work to be premiered at CREATE.

Our outreach program for young children and young developing artists takes place through the production of performances and workshops in local nursery schools, kindergarten schools and neighborhood schools of music.

DEC 12 – SF Chronicle Article: Prolific trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith brings his Create Festival to SF

Friday, December 15: BUY TICKETS

8PM

Lamar Smith / Hardedge / Pheeroan akLaff: New Piece / South Central L.A.

  • Lamar Smith — guitar
  • Hardedge — soundesign
  • Pheeroan akLaff — drums

Wadada Leo Smith: Silence

  • Wadada Leo Smith — trumpet
  • David Leikam — Moog synthesizer
  • Anthony Davis — piano
  • Oluyemi Thomas –– bass clarinet

RedKoral Quartet: Pacifica, String Quartet No. 12B

RedKoral Quartet

  • Shalini Vijayan — violin
  • Mona Thian — violin
  • Andrew McIntosh — viola
  • Ashley Walters — cello

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  • Wadada Leo Smith — trumpet
  • Hardedge — soundesign

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Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet: America’s National Parks

(New Orleans The National Culture Park USA 1718; Eileen Jackson Southern, 1920-2002 A Literary National Park; Yellowstone The First National Park and the Spirit of America – The Mountains, Super-Volcano Caldera and Its Ecosystem 1872)

  • Wadada Leo Smith — trumpet
  • Anthony Davis — piano
  • Ashley Walters — cello
  • John Lindberg — bass
  • Pheeroan akLaff — drums

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  • Jesse Gilbert — video artist

Saturday, December 16: BUY TICKETS

1-3PM

Seminar: Workshop introducing Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Scores –– participants are encouraged to bring instruments.

  • Talk + Coffee

8PM

Wadada Leo Smith: Earth

  • Wadada Leo Smith — trumpet
  • Motoko Honda — piano
  • Soo Yeon Lyuh — haegeum
  • William Winant — percussion

ROVA: Saxophone Quartet No. 1: Ma’d-Din, in memory of Sufi Master, Cerno Bokar Saalif Taal

  • Bruce Ackley — soprano & tenor saxophones
  • Larry Ochs — tenor & sopranino saxophones
  • Jon Raskin — baritone, alto & sopranino saxophones
  • Steve Adams — alto & sopranino saxophones

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  • Don Robinson –– drums

Wadada Leo Smith’s Pacifica: Koral Reef

  • Wadada Leo Smith — trumpet
  • Henry Kaiser — guitar
  • John Lindberg — bass

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Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet: America’s National Parks

(The Mississippi River Dark and Deep Dreams Flow the River – a National Memorial Park c. 5000 BC; Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks The Giant Forest, Great Canyon, Cliffs, Peaks, Waterfalls and Cave Systems 1890; Yosemite The Glaciers, the Falls, the Wells and the Valley of Goodwill 1890)

  • Wadada Leo Smith — trumpet
  • Anthony Davis — piano
  • Ashley Walters — cello
  • John Lindberg — bass
  • Pheeroan akLaff — drums

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  • Jesse Gilbert — video artist

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CONCERT: Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE Festival

More information on the Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE Festival this December 15 + 16, 2017. Hope to see you there and ticket information, coming soon.

A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith. It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation.

Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 1

  • Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet
  • David Leikam – Moog synthesizer
  • Tania Chen – piano

… and much MORE!

A Reunion with Wadada Leo Smith

Looking forward to performing again with my sonic-compositional mentor from my arts/music studies at CalArts (BFA 2001, MFA 2006) and dear friend, Wadada Leo Smith in a quartet engagement in San Francisco, California, mid-December 2017.

Stay tuned for more details soon.

Changed Ahead into 2017

In this month of December, I’ve been recovering and working on finding a new muse of sorts within my arts/music.

I’m composing/practicing regularly this month and my projects below are available for paid concert performances ahead.

  • Solo — $100 + expenses | Being born with cerebral palsy has affected his body and speech, giving him a distinct view into his creative arts/music process and being largely a self-taught multi-instrumentalist.
  • DA5 — $500 + expenses | Electro-jazz quintet inspired by the sonic landscapes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Eddie Gale, and Wadada Leo Smith.
  • DaLu — $200 + expenses | An electronic techno-house duet project.
  • zBug — $400 + expenses | Industrial jazz unit that presents structured improvisational music sets, based on architecture.