Like last year’s amazing concert (you can watch it HERE) with alto giant Rudresh Mahanthappa, Bobby has invited (with some serious grant funding, of course) a guest composer to come in and write a whole new suite of music for the band and perform it with us. Rudresh wrote “Dasha” for us. Steve has written “Stasis and Change“ for us. Steve’s music is really hard. Really intricate interlocking lines and melodies, very rhythmic, very exact. Some of the guys in the band prefer a looser aesthetic so this is going to be a bit of a challenge. But because Steve’s language is so singular he is bringing down from NYC a few of his students/bandmates to flesh out our band and lend some support. It’s already been a great learning experience. A few more rehearsals should tighten things up and we’ll be ready to roll.
Here is some more info on Steve Coleman if you are interested: