Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus Jazz Concert

bad plus trio and joshua redman

 

UMS Jazz Series

Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus

Reid Anderson, bass
Ethan Iverson, piano
Dave King, drums
Joshua Redman, tenor saxophone

Saturday, April 23, 2016,

8:00 pm

Michigan Theater

- See more at: http://ums.org/performance/the-bad-plus-joshua-redman/#sthash.XBnMXLbV.dpuf

“On paper, the partnership of Joshua Redman and the Bad Plus seems unlikely. The saxophonist was embraced by the jazz mainstream on the release of 1994’s Moodswing, and he’s been both a critical and commercial favorite ever since. The Bad Plus, by contrast, have courted controversy since the release of their 2003 major label debut, These Are the Vistas. But when Joshua Redman joined the idiosyncratic trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman’s melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the “avant-garde populism” of The Bad Plus, pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes this new all-star quartet best: “It’s as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It’s like that.”  ums.org

Also see
The Bad Plus Joshua Redman website

 

Dance Class with Camille A. Brown Dancers

You Can Dance UMS Series

You Can Dance UMS Series

You Can Dance Series: Camille A. Brown

Saturday, February 13th

2:00pm

YMCA

400 W. Washington Street, Ann Arbor 48103  

Join dancers from Camille A. Brown’s dance company for an exploration of the company’s movement style.  No dance training or experience necessary, and all levels, ages 13 and up, are welcome. Free, but first come, first served until studio reaches capacity. Sign-Up begins at 1:15pm at the Y Welcome Desk. – See more at: http://ums.org/performance/you-can-dance-camille-a-brown/#.dpuf

UMS Night Class: “Constructing Identity Together” with Camille A. Brown Dancers

UMS Night Class: “Constructing Identity Together”

U-M Alumni Center

200 Fletcher

Ann Arbor

7:00-8:30 pm 

Black Girl-Linguistic Play

Black Girl-Linguistic Play

This season, the “UMS Night School” is hosting discussions on the themes of identity and performance. “These 90-minute sessions combine conversation, interactive exercises, and lectures with genre experts to draw you in…” ums

Conversation starter questions include: How do artists’ personal identities help shape their work. Does the identity of an audience member influence what they see on stage?

This class is free, with no pre-registration required. Just drop in and meet classmates with a similar interest.

“Black Girl-Linguistic Play” performed by the Camille A. Brown Dancers

Camille Brown Dancers

Camille Brown Dancers

February 13th
8:00pm
Power Center

A natural storyteller, Camille A. Brown has stepped forward with her exuberant choreography and restless curiosity to become a leading voice in contemporary American dance. Her latest work, Black Girl–Linguistic Play, explores female identity and elevates playground games into empowerment. The work reveals the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a Black female in an urban American culture that is both racially and politically charged. Original compositions by collaborators Tracy Wormworth and Scott Patterson are performed live and encompass the rhythmic play of African-American rooted steppin’, Double Dutch, and Juba. The performance culminates with a moderated dialogue, allowing audience members to engage with the artists onstage. ums - See more at: http://ums.org/performance/camille-a-brown-dancers/#sthash.lcHIXDzs.dpuf

Breakfast Download Discussion. You’re invited to join UMS artists and other audience members for a breakfast discussion. We bring the bagels, cream cheese, and coffee! You bring your thoughts, rants, raves, and opinions! Free and open to the public; no registration required. Sunday, February 14, 11 am at U-M Alumni Center.

Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? Join us for a post-performance Q&A and get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists who bring creativity to the stage. Hosted by Jim Leija, UMS Director of Education and Community Engagement. Must have a ticket to that evening’s performance to attend. Opening night only.

Also see
Camille A. Brown & Dancers website

 

Tanya Tagaq, Inuit Throat Singer to Appear in Ann Arbor

Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 7:30 pm

With Tanya Tagaq, ancient meets modern in provocative, powerful ways. This spellbinding performance features the Inuit throat singer accompanying a screening of “Nanook of the North” (1922) with a live score. Her mixed-media performance reclaims the controversial classic — considered the first feature-length documentary — capturing the sense of the sound of the Arctic spaces shown in the film and adding tremendous feeling and depth to the complex mix of beautiful representations and racially charged clichés. An Inuit throat singer from Nunavut, Canada, Tanya Tagaq has a voice capable of full-bodied and animalistic low  s, and breathtaking grunts and growls. She is an outspoken advocate of aboriginal rights and equality, weaving her musical and political tones into emotive, sensual, and complex compositions and improvisations that raise a fist of protest with no words at all.  University Musical Society

Reviews:

Tagaq’s music is unnerving and exquisite, rooted in Inuit throat singing, but also influenced by electronica, industrial, and metal. It is a style that she has perfected through collaborations with Björk and that invokes Meredith Monk’s vocal innovations. Winner of the 2014 Polaris Prize for “Album of the Year” (she beat out Drake and Arcade Fire), Tanya Tagaq makes her UMS debut in this one-night only event after acclaimed appearances at the Bonnaroo and SXSW festivals.  “Nobody, anywhere, sounds like she does.” (Globe and Mail)

                       Tanya Tagaq website

Tune In with UMS for a brief pre-performance talk. Just 15 minutes long, this Tune In will offer interesting information and provocative questions for thinking about, listening to, and watching the performance. Tuesday, February 2, 7 pm at Michigan League Henderson Room (3rd floor).

 

 

 

Lisa Fischer “Twenty Feet From Stardom” Breakout Star Coming to UMS

 

Lisa Fischer & Baton

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

 

Lisa Fischer is best known for her Grammy award-winning, number 1 hit single, “How Can I Ease The Pain.” She also won the Grammy for “Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female,” an honor she shared with Patti LaBelle. She’s a legendary background singer, who’s been mentored by Luther Vandross and is cherished by Mick Jagger. Her career is captured in the 2013, Oscar-winning documentary, “2o Feet From Stardom.”

Grand Baton describes their genre as: Caribbean Beats & Heavy Rock / Dubstep / Noises / Bit-crushed Guitars

- “By any measure of talent and accomplishment, Lisa Fischer is a superstar. Yet, if you do not know her name, it’s likely because she has spent the vast majority of her professional career as a backup singer for Luther Vandross, the Rolling Stones, Sting, Chris Botti, and countless others. As one of the top session and backup singers, she’s featured in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and also celebrated for her live concert duets of “Gimme Shelter” with Mick Jagger, which have received millions of hits on YouTube. Her astonishing range, spot-on intonation, mastery of the stage, and infectious sweet smile make her the go-to singer for the likes of Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Beyoncé, Bobby McFerrin, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, and Aretha Franklin. After winning Grammy Awards for “Best Female R&B Performance” (1992) and “Best Music Film,” she is putting together her own band and claiming her well-deserved place center stage.” ums.org/performances

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7:30 pm
Michigan Theater  

 

Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz At The Lincoln Center Orchestra

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra 

Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis

Jazz in the Key of Life

“The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis performs jazz in the Key of Life, a concert featuring the most skillfully crafted and sophisticated songs in popular music from the 1960′s to today, revisiting the hits of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, among others. “ 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/Wynton Marsalis

January 20, 2016

7:30pm

Hill Auditorium

Senegalese Singer Youssou N’Dour and Super Étoile de Dakar in concert at Hill Auditorium

youssou ndour

Photo credits: Youssou N’Dour

 

November 14, 2015

Hill Auditorium

8:00 pm

“When “You” gives a concert, everything jumps: he brings entire stadiums to their feet. Fusing traditional Senegalese percussion and griot singing with Afro-Cuban and indigenous dance/pop flavors that fluidly cross borders and genres, Youssou N’Dour is a passionate singer and composer who leads one of Africa’s greatest bands.

A true voice of his generation, Youssou is known as much for his musical talents as for his strong political advocacy. After running for Senegal’s presidential seat in 2012, Youssou earned a spot on TIME magazine’s annual list of “the hundred men and women whose power, talent, or moral examples are transforming the world.” – University Musical Society

See more at: http://ums.org/performance/youssou-ndour-and-super-etoile-de-dakar/?utm_source=mail2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Event-Email-Youssou-N%27Dour-Super-Etoile-Dakar&source_no=4655#sthash.YZxrJXbU.dpuf”

Youssou N’Dour website

Listen herehttp://ums.org/performance/youssou-ndour-and-super-etoile-de-dakar/?utm_source=mail2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Event-Email-Youssou-N%27Dour-Super-Etoile-Dakar&source_no=4655

About the music: http://www.nonesuch.com/artists/youssou-n-dour

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