December 10, 2016
@ The Promontory: 5311 S. Lake Park, Chicago
3pm Amina Claudine Myers & Nicole Mitchell
4pm Ndosi-Reid’s Sonic Restoration (Mankwe Ndosi and Tomeka Reid)
5pm Samana: Properties of Light Through Sound featuring music of Maia
3pm Amina Claudine Meyers and Nicole Mitchell DuoAmina Claudine Meyers (piano, vocals) is heralded as one of the greatest women artists to emerge from the AACM, having had an international career as a vocalist, composer and pianist for several decades. Award winning flutist, composer Nicole Mitchell served as the first woman president of the AACM. The festival will open with a first time musical meeting between Myers and Mitchell, which promises to be provocative and insightful.
4pm Ndosi-Reid’s Sonic Restoration (Mankwe Ndosi and Tomeka Reid)Minneapolis based Singer and Community Activist Mankwe Ndosi and Chicago nurtured Cellist and Composer Tomeka Reid team up for an exciting duo of improvisations and original compositions aimed at restoring, uplifting and warming the spirit. Both Ndosi and Reid feel that it is important to celebrate, channel and express what is good in the world, as we are often bombarded with negative energy. The two hope to provide a restoration or re-set, of sonic means, for these troubled times. This will be the first time Ndosi and Reid have performed as a duo and both will be exploring acoustic and electronic sound.
5pm Samana: Properties of Light Through Sound featuring music of MaiaSamana was noted as the AACM’s first all-woman ensemble in George Lewis’ book “A Power Stronger Than Itself.” The group was most active between 1991-1999, before members moved on to other pursuits. On this rare historical occasion, multi-instrumentalist/composer Maia will reconvene the group to perform a suite of her illuminating compositions.
MAIA: Composer & Band leader, vibraphone, vocals
SHANTA: bass, mbira, vocals
NICOLE MITCHELL: flutes, vocals
COCO ELYSSES: tympani, percussions, diddley bo, vocals
RITA WARFORD: vocals
UGOCHI NAWAOGWUGWU: vocals
AFRICA BROWN percussion, vocals
MWATA BOWDEN: (honorary SAMANA who is the only male to collaborate and perform with the group): clarinets (Bb, bass) didgeridoo