OLIVER LAKE RESIDENCY
An umprecedented collaborative residency featuring Oliver Lake and some of the best improvisers of the Bay Area.
7/5 - Oliver Lake + Myra Melford - 9:30pm, $15
7/6 - Oliver Lake + Phillip Greenlief + Ross Hammond - 9:30pm, $15
7/7 - Oliver Lake + Roscoe Mitchell, 9pm - $25
7/8 - Oliver Lake + Scott Amendola + Todd Sickafoose - 9pm, $15
Whether composing major commissioned works for the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra the Brooklyn Philharmonic; creating chamber pieces for the Arditti and Flux String Quartets, the World Sax Quartet, and the San Francisco Contemporary Players; arranging for pop diva Bjork, rocker Lou Reed and rap group A Tribe Called Quest; collaborating with poet Ntozake Shange, choreographers Ron Brown and Marlies Yearby, Native American vocalist Mary Redhouse, Korean kumongo player Jin Hi Kim, Chinese bamboo flute player Shuni Tsou; performing with MacArthur Award recipients Anna Devere Smith (actress/author) and Patricia Williams (writer/law professor/political commentator); sharing the stage with hip-hop artist Mos Def and pop star Me'shell Ndegeocello; or leading his own Organ Quartet, Steel Quartet, Big Band and cooperative ensembles the World Saxophone Quartet and Trio 3; renaissance man Oliver Lake views it all as parts of the same whole.
Lake attributes much of his diverse array of musical styles and disciplines to his experience with the Black Artists Group (BAG), the legendary multi-disciplined and innovative St. Louis collective he co-founded with poets Ajule Rutlin, and musicians Julius Hemphill and Floyd La Flore over 35 years ago. As a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet with Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray, Oliver continues to work with a variety of groups, and collaborates with several notable choreographers, poets and a veritable Who's Who of the progressive jazz scene of the late 20th century, performing all over the U.S., Europe, Japan, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.