Posts tagged improvisation
Artists at Work: Wadada Leo Smith by Anthony Elms
Trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith describes what he makes as creative music, an expansive description of the process, rather than jazz, a limiting and genre-specific term; the at-times chamber feel of his music alongside the broad range of tonal coloration in his compositions, and the instrumental complexity of his ensembles, clearly evidence why. Ankhrasmation is Smith’s solution for merging improvisation and composing. The word is a combination of “Ankh,” the Egyptian symbol for life, “Ras,” the Ethiopian word for leader, and “Ma,” a term for mother.
Ceremony of Us by Robby Herbst
In 1969, the Mark Taper Forum was the location for the Los Angeles Festival of Performing Arts's most unique offering: a movement experiment between Studio Watts and celebrated choreographer Anna Halprin's San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop. The piece they created, Ceremony of Us, set itself the goal of making a dance happening of a healing encounter between conflicting races.