The Month of My People...And Yours?

The Armory Center for the Arts presents William Roper's new trio Hot Water Cornbread in a program celebrating Black History Month. Tubaist William Roper's trio, that includes the legendary Bobby Bradford on cornet and Christopher Garcia on percussion will present a program of music and spoken word relating directly to the African American experience. The group will perform music by Charles Mingus, Glenn Horiuchi, Duke Ellington, Joseph Mitchell, William Roper and engage in some spontaneous creation. Text works by Langston Hughes, Myron O'Higgins and Lewis Allen will be woven into the music. Special guest Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick will perform William Roper's Poem for Emmett Till for solo cello.

There will be one performance only on February 21, 2003 at 8:00 PM. See address below.

William Roper has side-lined with the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, American Jazz Institute ensembles, The Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Yusef Lateef, Jimmy Cleveland, Wadada Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, Vinny Golia, Glenn Horiuchi, Clay Jenkins, John Rapson, Kim Richmond, Adam Rudolph, Michael Vlatkovich and Francis Wong. He co-leads the duo Judicanti Responsura, the Flatterzunge Trio and the quartet Double Yellow. He has received awards from the NEA, CAC, L.A. Cultural Affairs Dept., Brody Arts Fund, ArtMatters Inc., Meet the Composer, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, American Composers Forum and the Durfee Foundation. He has released two albums as a co-leader: The Lament of Absalom and Double Yellow and as a leader: Juneteenth and his spoken word project: Roper's Darn! Yarns.

Bradford, Bobby (Lee) (b Cleveland, MS, 19 July 1937). Cornetist, trumpeter, and composer. He took up cornet in 1949 and played with Leo Wright, Buster Smith, and John Hardee (1952), with Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy in Los Angeles (1953), and in air force bands. After belonging to the Ornette Coleman Quartet in New York (1961) he attended Huston-Tillotson College (BM 1963) and moved to Los Angeles (1964), where he formed the New Art Jazz Ensemble with John Carter. He taught elementary school (1966-71), lived and worked in England (1971), then rejoined Coleman's group for a brief period in New York. From 1974 he taught at Pasadena City College and Pomona College, and from 1976 to 1978 belonged to the Little Big Horn workshop with Carter, Arthur Blythe, James Newton, and other free-jazz musicians. Bradford has performed most often with Carter; he has also appeared with David Murray Octet (1982-4), Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra (from 1982), John Steven's Freebob (1986), and his own group Mo'tet. As a composer he has been influenced by the blues and the music of Coleman.

Christopher Garcia was born, raised, and still resides in East L.A. His background includes performances in a wide variety of musical settings including jazz, rock, world music, traditional Mexican music, percussion ensemble, soundtracks, and cartoon music. He attended the California Institute of the Arts and was a member of the award winning Cal Arts Percussion Ensemble in 1979. He has been the drummer/percussionist of several critically acclaimed ensembles including: The Grandmothers, Continuum, Quarteto Nuevo, The Michael Vlatkovich Ensembles, The Jihad Racy, Roberto Miranda, Christopher Garcia trio, World Music Percussion Quartet and duets with Alex Cline, Nels Cline and Vinny Golia.

Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, cellist, is an active soloist, chamber musician, and specialist in contemporary music. She has performed in premieres of solo and chamber works throughout the US, Central and South America, and Europe with appearances at New Music America, the Manca Festival in Nice, Ars Electronica in Linz, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Computer Music Festival in Zurich, Tanglewood, Aspen, and Ravinia festivals, and the San Francisco Symphony "New and Unusual Music" series. Ms. Kirkpatrick has had works written especially for her by major composers including Mel Powell, Alvin Lucier, Elliott Carter, and Morton Subotnick, with whom she has toured and recorded since 1981. Ms. Kirkpatrick is also solo cellist of the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and was principal cellist of the 1986 Ojai Festival Orchestra and the Bloch Festival Orchestra at Newport, Oregon. A founding member of the Ear Unit, she is on the faculty at California Institute of the Arts and the University of California at San Diego. Ms. Kirkpatrick has recorded for Nonesuch, Wergo, New Albion, Voyager, and Cold Blue records.

Venue Details:

02/21/03, 8 PM, $10.00
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
Information: 626.792.5101 x 140


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