November 12, 2010, 7:30 pm
“In addition to being a composer-trombonist of exceptional ability, technique, style, and inspiration, Lewis has become an artist whose paintbrush is software, but whose medium is a relatively unfamiliar one, that of computer-human interaction in improvisation.” — David L. Wessel, Director, Center for New Music and Audio Technology (CNMAT), University of California at Berkeley
Composer, trombonist, and Columbia University scholar George Lewis returns home to Chicago for an evening of music and conversation that explores the relationship between humans and machines, musicians and their instruments, improvisation, social responsibility, and agency with the AACM’s Great Black Music Ensemble, premier European free jazz pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and Arnold I. Davidson, the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. More Information
February 22, 2011, 7:30 pm
“Mark Morris is a dancemaker and a spellbinder. That is enough to make him transparently a symbol of his times.” —Arlene Croce, The New Yorker
Director/choreographer Mark Morris engages in conversation with Princeton musicologist Simon Morrison about “Modernism in Music and Dance,” their collaboration on Prokofiev’s original 1935 version of Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare, Morris’ residency with students at the University of Chicago, and the Mark Morris Dance Group’s upcoming performances at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, February 25-27, 2011. More Information
February 24, 2012, 7:30 pm
Cut through February’s gloom with a shot of Technicolor musical fun from the David Wax Museum.
You’ll be immersed in the David Wax Museum’s unique fusion of Mexo-American folk music and storytelling as the Mandel Hall stage is lowered to audience level for one night only, putting the entire audience and the band on one shared level for a concert unlike anything ever experienced in the 109-year-old auditorium’s history. The David Wax Museum’s brand of togetherness, music, and conversation will involve everyone in the room in this must-see ArtSpeaks event.