Read an interview with Ambrose Akinmusire on this project.
Co-commissioned and co-presented by Kaufman Music Center in partnership with Liquid Music
Jazz trumpet virtuoso Ambrose Akinmusire, hailed by PopMatters as “one of the very best musicians in jazz--or any other style of music,” joins post-modern rapper Kool A.D., known for his “social consciousness infused irreverence” (Colorlines), for the premiere of a new chamber work that pushes the boundaries of jazz and hip hop. Guided by Akinmusire’s “strong aesthetic compass” (The New York Times), this uniquely explorative and expressive world premiere collaboration will feature the “fearless, precise and forward-looking” (The Chicago Reader) Mivos Quartet alongside pianist Sam Harris and drummer Marcus Gilmore.
Judd Greeenstein, Ecstatic Music Festival Curator
Ambrose Akinmusire is a naturally collaborative artist, someone whose ear reaches out for inspiration in every corner he can find. Beyond that, of course, he’s an immensely gifted composer and performer. For this performance, Ambrose and I discussed many possibilities, but the conversation kept coming back to hip hop and the potential for creating a larger-scale work that created space for a dialogue between himself and an MC. Kool A.D. was a choice we both embraced; he’s an extremely multifaceted, multidimensional artist, an MC who often seems to be simultaneously both rapping and questioning what it means to be a rapper. If that sounds post-modern, perhaps it is, but there’s more than enough skill here from all these artists — including the wonderful Mivos String Quartet, who we’re very excited to have back on the festival — to keep things grounded and engaging.