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Howard Mandel on Henry Threadgill’s Tribute to Butch

Posted in Performances with tags , , , , on January 12, 2014 by Vipal Monga

By all accounts, Henry Threadgill’s tribute to Butch at WinterJazz Fest 10 on Saturday was a resounding success.

Threagill PicHoward Mandel tries to capture something of the feeling the nearly hour-long piece evoked at Judson Church.

“Some wept openly, and at the end everyone cheered the uncompromised intensity of feeling Henry Threadgill evoked, simultaneously mourning and celebrating a man whose memory sustains artistic ambitions, and whose legacy of Conduction, songs and his tender cornet playing should not be forgotten.”

It’s hard to believe that almost a full year has passed since Butch passed on, but there’s something beautiful in the way his spirit still reverberates through the air, a note that continues to linger.

Read Howard’s review of the piece, here: http://www.artsjournal.com/jazzbeyondjazz/2014/01/henry-threadgills-tribute-to-butch-morris-winterjazz-fest-10.html

Black February at the BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia

Posted in Festival Screenings with tags , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2013 by Vipal Monga

2012-BlackStar-GuideWe’re pleased to announce that Black February will be screening at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia.

The film will play at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Drexel University.

BlackStar is a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context.

Butch was acutely aware of his heritage as an African American man and the limitations that society tried to place on him because of that. He saw Conduction as a way of breaking through those racial and musical boundaries, which existed even in New York in the ’70s and ’80s. Part of Butch’s genius arose out of his willingness to actively use Conduction to subvert those limitations and preconceptions.

In the clip below, Brandon Ross, Greg Tate, and Howard Mandel tell the story of Conduction No. 1, which became the celebrated album, Current Trends in Racism in Modern America.

Conduction No. 1

Posted in Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by Vipal Monga

The first Conduction, as described by Greg Tate, Brandon Ross and Howard Mandel. That seminal performance featured John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Zena Parkins, Tom Cora and Brandon, among others.

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