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Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman at the Ford Amphitheater, Sunday October 8th at 7pm

by on Sep.30, 2006, under Events, News

Sunday October 8th @ 7pm at the Ford Amphitheatre: Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph


Sunday, October 8, 2006

7:00 pm
The grounds open two hours before show time for


The Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East

Hollywood, CA 90068

Show info:
323/960-5723 /

Admission: $25; $18 for SASSAS members; $12 for

students with valid I.D and children under 12
For tickets, log on to or call the Ford Box Office at 323 GO 1-FORD


Produced by:
SASSAS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space

through Art and Sound) /

sound. Concert Series Concludes

with Rare Performance by Art Ensemble of Chicago Co-Founders Roscoe Mitchell

and Joseph Jarman

Summer series returns to the Ford Amphitheatre for final event of the

2006 season
Los Angeles poet Kamau Daaood to introduce


SASSAS is pleased to present

 two towering figures in modern jazz, Roscoe

Mitchell and Joseph Jarman, in a rare duo, on Sunday October 8 as a part of

sound. at the Ford Amphitheatre. As founding members of the legendary

jazz collective the Art Ensemble of Chicago, these veteran

multi-instrumentalists last performed together in Los Angeles as a part of the

Ensemble in the mid-1970's. For this exclusive performance at the Ford

Ampitheatre, they make their first appearance in Los Angeles as a duo,

swapping solo sets and playing together. The concert will be introduced by

reknowned Los Angeles poet Kamau Daaood and features a special appearance by

Ram Dass Khalsa.

Mitchell and Jarman's musical lineage stretches back to the beginnings of

free jazz via the Art Ensemble of Chicago (along with Lester Bowie and Malachi

Favors), and before that as founders of the highly influential AACM (the

Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) in 1965. The AACM can

count internationally known jazz musicians Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill,

Wadada Leo Smith, and Muhal Richard Abrams as former members, among


The Art Ensemble was unquestionably a groundbreaking band. In the late

'60s and early '70s, the Art Ensemble helped pioneer the fusion of jazz with

European art music and indigenous African musics. – All Music Guide

Both Mitchell and Jarman have remained vital forces in music through their

solo performance, composition, and improvisation, placing them at the vanguard

of not only jazz, but of modern music.

In 2004, Mitchell released Solo 3, an ambitious 3 CD set of solo

saxophone and percussion works. About Mitchell's work Mathew Sumera of the

Jazz and improvised music webzine One Final Note wrote, “Mitchell's

sound world is one of heterogeneous homogeneity…It is not that he lacks the

ability to strive toward a unified statement; again, he simply chooses not to.

Unity can just as easily be achieved without compromise, without modifying the

personality of a single statement – simply place one against the other. It is

not some sort of smashed, forced, postmodern sensibility. It is a commitment

to the fact that sounds exist together. We hear simultaneity.”

Joseph Jarman's work takes in a wide variety of influences, including jazz,

western music (especially Webern and John Cage), Asian music and theater and

African music. Because of his collaborative work with poets, dancers and other

artists, he is sometimes called the first “multi-media” jazz musician. In

1990, Jarman was ordained a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist priest. His devotion to

Asian philosophy and meditation has brought much to his musicianship,

especially the values of breath and silence. Jarman summarizes the many

strands of his experience as an interest in “the sound of the universe.” He

last performed in Los Angeles in 2003 as a part of sound. at the Schindler

House in an evening of solo works and in a trio with legendary bassist Henry

Grimes and percussionist Alex Cline.

Mitchell and Jarman's particular brand of jazz music – based on free

expression and ethno-polyrhythms and interplay – remains influential. These

enduring musicians continue to shape modern music for listeners interested in

challenging current musical conventions.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2006 Season, a

multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts

Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations.

For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking

information, log on to

sound. is a project of The Society for the Activation of Social

Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) and is supported in part through grants

from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, the Foundation

for Contemporary Arts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the

Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the West Hollywood Arts and Cultural

Affairs Commission, a special donation from Amoeba Music, and the generous

contributions of our members. For further information on SASSAS: or phone 323/960-5723. 


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