Wadada Leo Smith to Perform NYC Premiere of ‘Ten Freedom Summers’

Ambitious 5-hour Civil Rights work will be performed over three days

On May 1-3, Roulette will present trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith performing the New York premiere of the complete version of the five-hour work Ten Freedom Summers, a cycle of compositions about the American civil rights movement.

Ten Freedom Summers, according to an announcement, “is the result of the research and reflection concerning the philosophical, social and political history of the United States of America. Ten Freedom Summers is programmed as three evenings of music, and is composed for Golden Quartet and the Pacifica Coral Reef Ensemble and will feature performances by Golden Quartet, Pacifica Red Coral and video artist Jesse Gilbert. On May 3rd, the Flux Quartet will premier The March on Washington D.C., August 28, 1963.”

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet

Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet

Anthony Davis, piano

John Lindberg, bass

Pheeroan aKlaff, drums

Pacifica Red Coral

Mark Menzies, violin

Mona Tian, violin

Andrew Macintosh, viola

Ashley Walters, cello

Alison Bjorkedal, harp

Jesse Gilbert, video artist

Flux Quartet

Tom Chiu, violin

Conrad Harris, violin

Max Mendel, viola

Felix Fan, cello

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