Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Miles Davis: Call it Anything, April 29-30 at The Writer's Center

On Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 (at 7:30) at The Writer's Center, poet, radio commentator, and music critic Reuben Jackson, the former curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s Duke Ellington Collection, will use two nights at The Writer’s Center to re-examine and celebrate the astonishing variety and subtlety found in Davis’ studio and concert performances from his “Electric period.” The Friday program will focus on the years 1968-1975; Saturday will look at 1981-1991.

Legendary trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis (1926-1991) once told a reporter: “I have to change. It’s like a curse.” This career-long artistic constant was never more obvious during what has been dubbed his “electric period”—in which his probing, declamatory, and wistful sound wed itself with some of the most daring, restless, and controversial music any artist has ever produced, a period in which his “round, Midwest sound” continued to lead his ensembles through an ever changing landscape of sound and silence. Register for this free event at Writer.org.

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