Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
Jazz composer Steve Coleman has cited Conlon Nancarrow as an important influence and one of his favorite composers. In his own singular music, Coleman has explored the complexities of rhythm and time in utterly unique ways. In most music, there is an agreed-upon groove. Other music uses syncopation to suggest other rhythms. Finally, there comes a point where the glue dissolves and the separate rhythmic entities have more and more tenuous relationships. Coleman’s dense, mysterious musical structures tip over into something else, as his rhythmic work is often both polyrhythmic (one rhythm with a number of grooves), and he is one of the very few players working with polytempo (completely different tempi).
Steve Coleman and his ensemble Five Elements include: Steve Coleman (alto saxophone), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Miles Okazaki (electric guitar), Anthony Tidd (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums).
Part of Anywhere in Time: A Conlon Nancarrow Festival, co-curated by Dominic Murcott and Jay Sanders, Curator and Curator of Performance.
Tickets for this program are required, and include the cost of admission ($22 adults, $18 seniors, free for members). Due to limited capacity, visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets may still be purchased online until two hours before the program begins. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
Steve Coleman is an alto saxophonist and composer whose technical virtuosity and engagement with musical traditions and styles from around the world are expanding the expressive and formal possibilities of spontaneous composition. Whether performing solo or with his regular ensemble, Steve Coleman and Five Elements, Coleman delivers signature performances of notated works and brings a masterful facility to intricate and complex improvised pieces. His original compositions weave disciplined rhythmic structures, refined tonal progressions, and overlapping and mixed meters into soulful and fluid interpretations. In his improvisational performances, Coleman energizes and updates iconic musical idioms in the creative traditions of luminaries like John Coltrane and Charlie Parker by infusing them with melodic, rhythmic, and structural components inspired by music of the larger African Diaspora, as well as from the continents of Africa, Eurasia, and the Americas (in particular, West Africa, Cuba, Brazil, Europe, India, and Indonesia). His work also draws heavily on inspiration from nature, metaphysics, and science, integrating, for example, patterns derived from the cycles and relationships of the planets in our solar system and the pulsating patterns of the human heart.