2021 C-U Folk and Roots Festival

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 21, 2021 - 5:00pm - October 23, 2021 - 11:59pm
Venue: 
multiple locations
Address: 
Urbana, IL
Description: 

At this time, the 2021 C-U Folk and Roots Festival expects to be live at all their favorite venues in beautiful downtown Urbana.

We are requiring proof of full vaccination or negative Covid-19 PCR test result to volunteer for and/or attend the 2021 C-U Folk and Roots Festival.

Check their COVID-19 Information page for full details.
https://folkandroots.org/cufrf-covid-19-information/

2021 SCHEDULE

C4A = Community Center for the Arts
IMC = Independent Media Center
KCPA = Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
NOLA’s = NOLA’s Rock Bar
UFL = Urbana Free Library

Thursday, October 21
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

5:00 – 5:45pm Bryan Wilson & Family KCPA
6:00 – 7:00pm Nikki D and the Browns KCPA

7:30 – 9:00pm The Bashful Youngens Channing-Murray

9:00 – 11:00pm The Sternwheelers Rose Bowl

Friday, October 22
Admission / Wristband Required

5:00 – 6:15pm The Mean Lids Rose Bowl

5:30 – 6:45pm GoldenOak IMC
5:30 – 6:30pm Black Eyed Lilies C4A
5:30 – 6:30pm Fiddle Sax Fusion Band Cohen Building

6:00 – 7:15pm Son Monarcos NOLA’s

7:00 – 8:15pm Jake Blount Rose Bowl
7:00 – 8:00pm Milly Raccoon C4A
7:00 – 8:00pm Ibrahim Ouedraogo and Jason Finkelman Cohen Building

7:30 – 8:45pm Los Texanos IMC

8:00 – 9:15pm Alexa Rose NOLA’s

8:30 – 9:30pm Inland Calypso C4A
8:30 – 9:30pm Big Daddy Pride Cohen Building

9:00 – 10:15pm Nikki D and the Browns Sisters of Thunder Rose Bowl

9:30 – 11:00pm Painkillers Blues Band IMC

10:00 – 11:30pm Ryan Koenig and the Goldenrods NOLA’s

11:00pm – 12:15am Mhondoro Rhythm Success Rose Bowl

Saturday daytime, October 23
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

10:00 – 10:30am C4A Morning Music Rose Bowl Outdoor Tent
10:00am – 12:00pm Old-Time Jam with Jake Blount Common Ground Porch

10:45 – 11:15am Son Monarcas Rose Bowl Outdoor Tent

11:00am – 12:00pm Paul Kotheimer UFL
11:00am – 12:00pm Harmony Singing with Bryan Wilson & Family C4A

11:30am – 12:00pm Afro D and Global Soundwaves Rose Bowl Outdoor Tent

12:00 – 12:30pm Kathe Brinkmann UFL Lewis Auditorium

12:30 – 1:00pm Kim Sheahan Sanford UFL Lewis Auditorium
12:30 – 1:30pm The Dig 3 UFL
12:30 – 1:30pm Accordion! and Banjo! and Polka! Oh My! with the Goldenrods C4A
12:30 – 2:00pm Bluegrass Jam with the Hot Iron String Band Common Ground Porch

12:45pm – ?? Musical Mayhem Parade Rose Bowl Outdoor Tent

1:00 – 1:30pm Linda Dust UFL Lewis Auditorium

1:30 – 2:30pm Dan Keding UFL Lewis Auditorium
1:30 – 3:00pm Cajun/Creole Jam with Matt Turino and Rob Krumm Rose Bowl

2:00 – 3:00pm The Chickadee Sermon UFL
2:00 – 3:00pm Jake Blount Workshop C4A

2:30 – 3:30pm The Singing Fiddler: Backing yourself up with “just a violin” with Milly Raccoon IMC
2:30 – 3:30pm Old & In the Way Singalong with Jordan Kaye Common Ground Porch

3:00 – 4:00pm American Songster: Songs and Stories with Dom Flemons UFL Lewis Auditorium

3:30 – 4:30pm Joybird UFL
3:30 – 4:30pm Yasmin Williams Guitar Workshop C4A
3:30 – 5:00 Blues Jam with the Painkillers Rose Bowl

4:00 – 5:00pm Klezmer Slow Jam with Frances Harris IMC

Saturday Evening, October 23
Admission / Wristband Required

6:00 – 7:00pm Afro D and Global Soundwaves IMC
6:00 – 7:15pm Yasmin Williams Rose Bowl
6:00 – 7:00 The Jaybirds Cohen Building

6:30 – 7:45pm Horseshoe Bender NOLA’s
6:30 – 8:00pm Songwriters in the Round: Milly Raccoon, Clayton Burke, Emily McKown C4A

7:30 – 8:30pm Los Guapos IMC
7:30 – 8:30pm Meadowhawk Cohen Building

8:00 – 9:15pm Dom Flemons Rose Bowl

8:30 – 9:45pm Bryan Wilson & Family NOLA’s
8:30 – 9:30pm Ryan Koenig and the Goldenrods C4A

9:00 – 9:30pm Flamenco-Jazz Collective IMC
9:00 – 10:00pm Hot Club of Urbana Cohen Building

10:00 – 11:15pm Jake Blount IMC
10:00 – 11:30pm Son Monarcas Rose Bowl
10:00 – 11:00pm Milly Raccoon C4A

10:30pm – 12:00am Hot Iron String Band NOLA’s

12:00am – ??? Urbana Hootenanny Rose Bowl

Admission: 
$40 advance, $50 on-site / Free Events Thursday evening & Saturday Morning / Afternoon
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Collaboration with Bettendorf Public Library - PART II

Bettendorf Public Library is pleased to collaborate with the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music to present virtual performances by campus and community based global artists in and around the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Part II features performers of SPICMACAY Illinois, a registered student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign promoting classical and contemporary performing arts of India in the Midwestern United States. Instruments featured are "travel" sitar, tabla, Carnatic vocal music, mridangam, and bansuri.

Video link available until the end of October:
https://youtu.be/sNgGOe7UXcs

The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is a program of the School of Music at Illinois promoting understanding and appreciation of global music and dance. Established with a focus on active study of performance with tradition-bearing, folkloric artists, the center has emerged as a program embracing contemporary extensions of these forms and more. The center is dedicated to campus and community engagement programming that fosters respect and admiration for expressive culture across the globe as a presenter of performances, artist residencies and workshops. For more information, please visit cwm.illinois.edu

2021 Global Gathering World Tour is sponsored by The Bettendorf Public Library Foundation, Quad City Bank & Trust, Morgan Stanley, HNI Corporation, Bettendorf Rotary and Twin State.

2021 Art Remastered

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 16, 2021 - 3:00pm
Venue: 
Allerton Park, Sunken Garden
Address: 
515 Old Timber Road Monticello, IL
Description: 

This fall, Krannert Art Museum, Allerton Park & Retreat Center, and the School of Music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have partnered to premiere What Stays Behind, a new site-specific composition by Andrew Rodriguez at the 2021 Art Remastered.

Rodriguez’s original score for strings and percussion interrogates how we experience the spaces of Allerton Park and KAM in regard to sound and movement. The piece will be performed by twelve students from the School of Music, who will be physically spaced out in unique configurations throughout Allerton’s Sunken Garden and KAM’s East Gallery. At each performance, audience members are invited to move throughout the space and in-between performers to participate in an immersive experience.

Two rescheduled performances will take place in the Sunken Garden at Allerton Park on Saturday, October 16 at 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

Another unique performance of What Stays Behind will occur in the East Gallery of Krannert Art Museum on Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 pm. Face coverings and registration for this event are required.

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Living Music Film Series: We Loved Each Other So Much

Event Information
Event Date: 
November 17, 2021 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Online Zoom Event
Description: 

Living Music
Middle East Documentary Film Series
Music, Musicians and Daily Life in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Lebanon

Screenings on Zoom at 7p, followed by discussion
Visit the CSAMES event listing below for info and registration link.

Organized by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with support from the U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL)

Co-sponsored by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music; Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

Admission: 
Admission Free, Registration Required
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Living Music Film Series: Sonita

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Online Zoom Event
Description: 

Living Music
Middle East Documentary Film Series
Music, Musicians and Daily Life in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Lebanon

Screenings on Zoom at 7p, followed by discussion
Visit the CSAMES event listing below for info and registration link.

Organized by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with support from the U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL)

Co-sponsored by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music; Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

Admission: 
Admission Free, Registration Required
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Living Music Film Series: Umm Kulthum, A Voice Like Egypt

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 7, 2021 - 7:00pm
Venue: 
Online Zoom Event
Description: 

Living Music
Middle East Documentary Film Series
Music, Musicians and Daily Life in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Lebanon

Screenings on Zoom at 7p, followed by discussion
Visit the CSAMES event listing below for info and registration link.

Organized by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with support from the U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program (UISFL)

Co-sponsored by the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music; Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Spurlock Museum of World Cultures at Illinois, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

Admission: 
Admission Free, Registration Required
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Nick Rudd Music Experience: Joe Morris lecture, concert & workshop - October 6 & 8

The Fall 2021 Nick Rudd Music Experience features a series of programs on music improvisation with New England-based guitarist Joe Morris, who is widely recognized as one of the most original and important improvising artists of our time.

On Wednesday, October 6th Morris will offer a lecture at 4p and performance at 7:30p, followed on Friday, October 8 with an Improvisers Exchange workshop at 3p.

Please note that COVID-19 protocols of the University of Illinois are being followed and require masks to be worn throughout the duration of the programs.

Morris' short residency at Illinois begins with a lecture at Spurlock Museum at 600 S Gregory Street in Urbana. His presentation will draw from and expand on his 2012 book “Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music,” a concise volume on music improvisation developed (at the time) from nearly four decades of experience as a student, performer, curator, and educator in the field. “Perpetual Frontier” reflects Morris’ deep investigation into the methodologies of the field and encourages a practice that continually invites new possibilities.

Later on the same day as the lecture, Morris will perform in a special double-bill event hosted by the Humanities Research Institute at Levis Faculty Center. Joining Morris is Chicago-based cellist Tomeka Reid, featured on the recent duo release “Combinations” on RogueArt (2020).

San Francisco Bay Area musicians Larry Ochs (saxophone) & Don Robinson (drums) are also featured on this special night of improvised music. Ochs and Robinson are touring in support of their second duo release “A Civil Right” on ESP-Disk' (2021).

Program curator Jason Finkelman states, "Not only will these two ensembles offer listeners an opportunity to hear distinctly different directions in Free Music, they will illustrate performance aspects of Morris’ earlier lecture through a first-time collaboration among all four players."

An Improvisers Exchange workshop with Joe Morris will be offered on Friday, October 8th from 3-5p in the Orchestra Rehearsal Room at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. This workshop is open to musicians of any level of experience and stylistic background. For more information please contact Jason Finkelman at finkelma[at]illinois.edu

These programs were made possible by the Nick Rudd Music Fund. Initiated by Rudd’s surviving wife Gina Manola and stepson Townes Durbin with a goal of the fund reaching endowment levels to ensure Nick Rudd Music Experience becomes established as an ongoing and permanent part of the music culture of our campus and community. To make a contribution towards the endowment please contact David Allen at the School of Music. allend[at]illinois.edu

These programs were also made possible with support from Humanities Research Institute, Improvisers Exchange, School of Music, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.

HRI Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/37D8yd7vW

HRI event listings:

OCTOBER 6 | 4:00 p.m.
"Properties of Free Music" at Spurlock Museum
https://bit.ly/3CRoRNx

OCTOBER 6 | 7:30 p.m.
Performance: Joe Morris & Tomeka Reid Duo | Larry Ochs & Don Robinson Duo at Levis Faculty Center
https://bit.ly/3EKm62f

OCTOBER 8 | 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Improvisers Exchange Workshop with Joe Morris at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Orchestra Rehearsal Room
https://bit.ly/3ELkTHJ

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About Joe Morris

Downbeat Magazine called guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser Joe Morris “the preeminent free music guitarist of his generation.” Will Montgomery, writing in WIRE magazine, called him “one of the most profound improvisers at work in the U.S.”

He was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1955. He began playing guitar at the age of 14 first playing rock music, progressing to blues, then to jazz, free jazz and free improvisation. He released his first record Wraparound (riti) in 1983. He has composed over 200 original pieces of music.

Morris has performed and/or recorded with many of the most important contemporary artists in improvised music including, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Ken Vandermark, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Tomeka Reid, Fay Victor, Tim Berne, Jaimie Branch, William Parker, Sylvie Courvoisier, Agusti Fernandez, Peter Evans, David S. Ware, Joe Maneri, Dewey Redman, Sunny Murray, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Ikue Mori, Charmaine Lee, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Marshall Allen, Barre Phillips, Barry Guy, Matthew Shipp, Sunny Murray, Zeena Parkins, Joe McPhee and many others.

Morris is featured as leader, co-leader, or sideman on more than 180 commercially released recordings on the labels ECM, ESPdisk, Clean Feed, Hat Hut, Aum Fidelity, Avant, OkkaDisk, Not Two, Soul Note, Leo, No Business, Rogue Art, Relative Pitch, Incus, RareNoise, Fundacja Sluchaj, and his own labels Riti and Glacial Erratic. Morris has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as well as in Brazil , Korea and Japan.

He has lectured and conducted workshops on his own music and on improvisation in the US, Canada, and Europe including at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Bard College, University of Alberta, and University of Guelph. He was the recipient of the 2016 Killam Visiting Scholar Award at University of Calgary. He has been on the faculty at Tufts University, Southern Connecticut State University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and New School. Since 2000, he has been on the faculty in the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department at New England Conservatory. Morris is the author of the book Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music (Riti Publishing 2012).

About Tomeka Reid

Described as a “New Jazz Power Source” by the New York Times, cellist and composer TOMEKA REID has emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community over the last decade. Her distinctive melodic sensibility, always rooted in a strong sense of groove, has been featured in many distinguished ensembles over the years.

Reid grew up outside of Washington D.C., but her musical career began after moving to Chicago in 2000. Her work with Nicole Mitchell and various Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians-related groups proved influential. By focusing on developing her craft in countless improvisational contexts, Reid has achieved a stunning musical fluency. She is a Foundation of the Arts (2019) and 3Arts Awardee (2016), and received her doctorate in music from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2017.

Reid released her debut recording as a bandleader in 2015, with the Tomeka Reid Quartet, a vibrant showcase for the cellist’s improvisational acumen as well as her dynamic arrangements and compositional ability. The quartet’s second album, Old New, released in Oct 2019 on Cuneiform Records, has been described as “fresh and transformative--its songs striking out in bold, lyrical directions with plenty of Reid’s singularly elegant yet energetic and sharp-edged bow work.” Another reviewer noted that “while Reid’s compositional and technical gifts transcend jazz, they exemplify the tradition wondrously.”

Reid has been a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists like Anthony Braxton (ZIM SEXTET) and Roscoe Mitchell (ROSCOE MITCHELL QUARTET, ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO), as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell (BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE, ARTIFACTS), vocalist Dee Alexander (EVOLUTION ENSEMBLE), and drummer Mike Reed (LOOSE ASSEMBLY, LIVING BY LANTERNS, ARTIFACTS). She co-leads the adventurous string trio HEAR IN NOW, with violinist Mazz Swift and bassist Silvia Bolognesi, and in 2013 launched the first Chicago Jazz String Summit, a semi-annual three-day international festival of cutting edge string players held in Chicago. In the Fall of 2019 Tomeka Reid received a teaching appointment at Mills College as the Darius Milhaud chair in composition.

About Larry Ochs and Don Robinson

Celebrating the recent release of their second and definitive duo recording, "A Civil Right", the San Francisco Bay Area’s Larry Ochs – Don Robinson Duo will perform pieces steeped in the spirit of free jazz and improvisation. Ochs is a founding member of the great Rova Saxophone Quartet, one of the Bay Area’s avant-garde treasures since 1978. Robinson - “a percussive dervish,” according to Coda Magazine – has worked with luminaries such as Cecil Taylor, Glenn Spearman, Lisle Ellis, Wadada Leo Smith, and was the drummer of choice for ROVA’s revivification of John Coltrane’s Ascension. From The Wire (Bill Meyer, 2021): “Even at its most restrained, the playing is forcefully muscular, with Ochs leveraging emotional impact from the grit in his tone on both tenor and sopranino, and Robinson operating with the economy of a long distance runner. “

Improvisers Exchange Workshop with Joe Morris

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 8, 2021 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Orchestra Rehearsal Room, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Address: 
500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana
Description: 

Nick Rudd Music Experience & Improvisers Exchange present a series of programs on music improvisation featuring New England-based guitarist Joe Morris, widely recognized as one of the most original and important improvising artists of our time.

Morris will offer a lecture at 4p and performance at 7:30p on Wednesday, October 6, and a workshop at 3p on Friday, October 8, 2021.

The residency ends with Morris leading an Improvisers Exchange Workshop on the afternoon of Friday, October 8, where students, faculty, and community members are invited to participate.

Please note we are following COVID-19 protocols of the University of Illinois requiring that masks be worn throughout each program.

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This program was made possible by the Nick Rudd Music Fund. Initiated by Rudd’s surviving wife Gina Manola and stepson Townes Durbin with a goal of the fund reaching endowment levels ensuring this series becomes established as an ongoing and permanent part of the music culture of our campus and community. To make a contribution please contact David Allen at the School of Music. allend[at]illinois.edu

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and Improvisers Exchange.

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About Joe Morris

Downbeat Magazine called guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser Joe Morris “the preeminent free music guitarist of his generation.” Will Montgomery, writing in WIRE magazine, called him “one of the most profound improvisers at work in the U.S.”

He was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1955. He began playing guitar at the age of 14 first playing rock music, progressing to blues, then to jazz, free jazz and free improvisation. He released his first record Wraparound (riti) in 1983. He has composed over 200 original pieces of music.

Morris has performed and/or recorded with many of the most important contemporary artists in improvised music including, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Ken Vandermark, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Tomeka Reid, Fay Victor, Tim Berne, Jaimie Branch, William Parker, Sylvie Courvoisier, Agusti Fernandez, Peter Evans, David S. Ware, Joe Maneri, Dewey Redman, Sunny Murray, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Ikue Mori, Charmaine Lee, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Marshall Allen, Barre Phillips, Barry Guy, Matthew Shipp, Sunny Murray, Zeena Parkins, Joe McPhee and many others.

Morris is featured as leader, co-leader, or sideman on more than 180 commercially released recordings on the labels ECM, ESPdisk, Clean Feed, Hat Hut, Aum Fidelity, Avant, OkkaDisk, Not Two, Soul Note, Leo, No Business, Rogue Art, Relative Pitch, Incus, RareNoise, Fundacja Sluchaj, and his own labels Riti and Glacial Erratic. Morris has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as well as in Brazil , Korea and Japan.

He has lectured and conducted workshops on his own music and on improvisation in the US, Canada, and Europe including at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Bard College, University of Alberta, and University of Guelph. He was the recipient of the 2016 Killam Visiting Scholar Award at University of Calgary. He has been on the faculty at Tufts University, Southern Connecticut State University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and New School. Since 2000, he has been on the faculty in the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department at New England Conservatory. Morris is the author of the book Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music (Riti Publishing 2012).

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Nick Rudd Music Experience: Joe Morris & Tomeka Reid Duo | Larry Ochs & Don Robinson Duo

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 6, 2021 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Venue: 
Levis Faculty Center
Address: 
919 W Illinois Street, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Nick Rudd Music Experience & Improvisers Exchange present a series of programs on music improvisation featuring New England-based guitarist Joe Morris, widely recognized as one of the most original and important improvising artists of our time.

Morris will offer a lecture at 4p and performance at 7:30p on Wednesday, October 6, and a workshop at 3p on Friday, October 8, 2021.

A duo performance at Humanities Research Institute with Chicago-based cellist Tomeka Reid will follow the lecture that evening in a special double bill with a San Francisco Bay Area duo featuring Larry Ochs (saxophone) & Don Robinson (drums).

The two groups featured as part of the annual Nick Rudd Music Experience will offer listeners an opportunity to hear distinct directions in Free Music, along with a first-time collaboration among all four players, illustrating in performance aspects of Morris’ earlier lecture.

Both groups are represented on recent releases, Morris / Reid’s “Combinations” on RogueArt (2020), and Ochs / Robinson’s second issue “A Civil Right” on ESP-Disk’ (2021).

Please note we are following COVID-19 protocols of the University of Illinois requiring that masks be worn throughout each program.

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This program was made possible by the Nick Rudd Music Fund. Initiated by Rudd’s surviving wife Gina Manola and stepson Townes Durbin with a goal of the fund reaching endowment levels ensuring this series becomes established as an ongoing and permanent part of the music culture of our campus and community. To make a contribution please contact David Allen at the School of Music. allend[at]illinois.edu

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and Improvisers Exchange.

Admission: 
Free and open to the public.

"Properties of Free Music": Presented by Joe Morris

Event Information
Event Date: 
October 6, 2021 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Spurlock Museum
Address: 
600 S Gregory St, Urbana, IL
Description: 

Nick Rudd Music Experience & Improvisers Exchange present a series of programs on music improvisation featuring New England-based guitarist Joe Morris, widely recognized as one of the most original and important improvising artists of our time.

Morris will offer a lecture at 4p and performance at 7:30p on Wednesday, October 6, and a workshop at 3p on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Morris begins his short residency at Illinois with a lecture at the Spurlock Museum drawing from and expanding on his 2012 book “Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music,” a concise volume on music improvisation developed (at the time) from nearly four decades of experience as a student, performer, curator, and educator in the field. “Perpetual Frontier” reflects Morris’ deep investigation into the methodologies of the field and encourages a practice that continually invites new possibilities.

Please note we are following COVID-19 protocols of the University of Illinois requiring that masks be worn throughout each program.

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This program was made possible by the Nick Rudd Music Fund. Initiated by Rudd’s surviving wife Gina Manola and stepson Townes Durbin with a goal of the fund reaching endowment levels ensuring this series becomes established as an ongoing and permanent part of the music culture of our campus and community. To make a contribution please contact David Allen at the School of Music. allend[at]illinois.edu

Co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Institute and Improvisers Exchange.

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About Joe Morris

Downbeat Magazine called guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser Joe Morris “the preeminent free music guitarist of his generation.” Will Montgomery, writing in WIRE magazine, called him “one of the most profound improvisers at work in the U.S.”

He was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1955. He began playing guitar at the age of 14 first playing rock music, progressing to blues, then to jazz, free jazz and free improvisation. He released his first record Wraparound (riti) in 1983. He has composed over 200 original pieces of music.

Morris has performed and/or recorded with many of the most important contemporary artists in improvised music including, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, John Zorn, Ken Vandermark, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Tomeka Reid, Fay Victor, Tim Berne, Jaimie Branch, William Parker, Sylvie Courvoisier, Agusti Fernandez, Peter Evans, David S. Ware, Joe Maneri, Dewey Redman, Sunny Murray, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Ikue Mori, Charmaine Lee, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Marshall Allen, Barre Phillips, Barry Guy, Matthew Shipp, Sunny Murray, Zeena Parkins, Joe McPhee and many others.

Morris is featured as leader, co-leader, or sideman on more than 180 commercially released recordings on the labels ECM, ESPdisk, Clean Feed, Hat Hut, Aum Fidelity, Avant, OkkaDisk, Not Two, Soul Note, Leo, No Business, Rogue Art, Relative Pitch, Incus, RareNoise, Fundacja Sluchaj, and his own labels Riti and Glacial Erratic. Morris has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as well as in Brazil , Korea and Japan.

He has lectured and conducted workshops on his own music and on improvisation in the US, Canada, and Europe including at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Bard College, University of Alberta, and University of Guelph. He was the recipient of the 2016 Killam Visiting Scholar Award at University of Calgary. He has been on the faculty at Tufts University, Southern Connecticut State University, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and New School. Since 2000, he has been on the faculty in the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department at New England Conservatory. Morris is the author of the book Perpetual Frontier: The Properties of Free Music (Riti Publishing 2012).

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

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