Douglas R. Ewart and Orbit: "A Constellation of Ewart Sonic Tops and Crepuscular Instruments"

Sunday, September 25, 3:00-4:00pm

West Stage

Celebrating his 70th birthday this year, reedist and percussionist, DOUGLAS R. EWART describes himself as “a composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments” as well as an educator, lecturer, and arts organization consultant. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Douglas has studied both modern Japanese culture and the traditional Buddhist shakuhachi flute; has chaired the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM); maintained several musical ensembles--the Nyahbingi Drum Choir, the Clarinet Choir, Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions, Douglas R. Ewart & Quasar and Douglas R. Ewart & Stringnets--and founded his own record label, Aarawak Records. He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians from Muhal Richard Abrams and Anthony Braxton, to Von Freeman, Fred Anderson, Joseph Jarman, Yusef Lateef, Roscoe Mitchell, George E. Lewis, Cecil Taylor, and Henry Threadgill. He has performed and led workshops throughout the world. Some of his work was showcased in the 2015 MCA celebration of the AACM--The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music. 

His “Constellation of Ewart Sonic Tops and Crepuscular Instruments" includes the following participants: BLACK GIRLS JUMP, Double Dutch Team; V’LA GONZALES and KEVIN MORRISON, tai chi; JAMILA ONYEALI and RAHSAAN MORRIS, yoga; NICOLE NOLAND, choreographer and dancer; EDWARD WILKERSON, didjeridu, B-flat clarinet, tenor saxophone and Ewart Crepuscular Stick; MWATA BOWDEN, didjeridu, baritone saxophone and Ewart Crepuscular Stick; RICHARD THOMAS and KHARI B, spoken word; ELIHOENAI, Shekere and Ewart Crepuscular Stick; BABA RAYS BEAN, Ewart Sonic Tops and Ewart Crepuscular Stick; DOUGLAS R. EWART, composer, didjeridu, English horn, sopranino saxophone and Ewart Crepuscular Stick.