Brooklyn, New York: Roulette presents 2 nights of Henry Threadgill’s ground breaking group ZOOID, Friday, November 23 & Saturday, November 24. Threadgill, hailed by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as “one of the most thrillingly elusive composers in and around the jazz idiom:” is one of the great musical masterminds of the past quarter century - a composer, arranger, and innovator who transcends genres in contemporary music. These two performances will feature band members Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Jose Davila (trombone and tuba) and Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums) with the exciting addition of Jacob Garchik (trombone), Ben Gerstein (Trombone), Stephanie Richards (trumpet) and Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet).
ZOOID is based on a musical language developed by Threadgill. Compositions are organized in blocks and assigned to each musician who in turn can use them independently, throwing in elements of improvisation and utilizing counterpoint. The term Zooid describes an independent organism that works together like a colony, Threadgill has often used this comparison for his music explaining that the music is a group of independent voices coming together to create a whole sound. Threadgill has recorded or performed with many of the legends of the jazz avant-garde, including Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, David Murray and Bill Laswell.
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