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Great Black Music Monday
December 23, 2019 @ 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00pm on Monday, repeating until December 30, 2019
Great Black Music Mondays are nodes of sonic spiritual nourishment and freedom – freedom of expression and creation. Freedom of form and story. Freedom within the music as a vehicle*. Freedom and rootedness – a resonance connection to sonic ancestry carving more freedom – in and out and through the mainstream of popular music, of commerce. Crafting life and fluidity to seed and deepen bonds across genres and the globe.
Join Mankwe Ndosi (McKnight) and Sovereign Hues Productions for Great Black Music Mondays for the Month of December at Ice House Minneapolis. Mankwe Ndosi, Curator in Residence for December’s Monday Night Jazz series will tend the deep roots of black classical cosmic sound and practice. These five nights combine the soundtracks of Black Women composers past and present, music from five different ensembles of Twin Cities’ exciting musical innovators, with late-night Open Arrangement Sessions. OAS’s (pronounced Oasisz), Ndosi’s variation of the Open Mic, where she will arrange trios from musicians who show up to play. December 23rd will feature acclaimed international cellist/composer/bandleader Tomeka Reid. Produced by Mankwe Ndosi (SY Productions) and Sovereign Hues.
*nod to Nicole Mitchell’s quotation, “Jazz is a Globalized African American Freedom Vehicle.
This week’s Soundtrack will be the music of Alice Coltrane
Featuring the Musical Musings of: The Sankofa Zone
Here Truth Maze Harris
Local musicians! Come out and play!
We sincerely hope you will join us on this enlightening journey!
Dec. 2: Music of Alice Coltrane, then the ensemble Sankofa Zone: hip hop pioneer Truth Maze, percussionist Babatunde Lea, trumpeter Ahmed Abdulkarim, keyboardist Ryan Bynum, drummer Brandon Johnson and Ndosi.
Dec. 9: Music of Geri Allen, then the ensemble M4D: poet Douglas Kearney, multi-instrumentalist Douglas R. Ewart, saxophonist Donald Washington, drummer Davu Seru and Ndosi.
Dec. 16: Music of Nicole Mitchell, then the ensemble Solar Sistren: cellist Michelle Kinney, flutist Faye Washington, violinist Laura Harada and Ndosi.
Dec. 23: Music of Betty Carter, then the ensemble Ocean Bottom Journeys: New York City-based cellist Tomeka Reid, spoken word artist Tish Jones, Ewart and Ndosi.
Dec. 30: Music of Abbey Lincoln, then the a cappella ensemble Give Get Sistet: Sarah M. Greer, Jayanthi Rajasa, Alicia Steele, Libby Turner and Ndosi.