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Wadada Leo Smith: CREATE


Photo by Scott Groller

Photo by Scott Groller

A festival dedicated to the music of Wadada Leo Smith.  It is a source for premiering new and existing works, and the celebration of information through seminars, video and film presentation. This is to instill information that will address the historical and inspirational sources of the new works. 

CREATE occurs annually in New Haven, CT during the month of April, and later in the year in other regions in the United States. There, CREATE incorporates a community of musicians in those selected sites. Also, each festival opens with young developing artist’ ensemble, who are assigned to compose a new work to be premiered at CREATE.

Our outreach program for young children and young developing artists takes place through the production of performances and workshops in local nursery schools, kindergarten schools and neighborhood schools of music.  

All this is made possible with the support of The Doris Duke Artist Award of 2016-2019.

Friday, December 15
8:00pm

1. Lamar Smith / Hardedge / Pheeroan akLaff:
Lamar Smith: guitar
Hardedge: soundesign
Pheeroan akLaff: drums

2. Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 1:
Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
David Leikam: Moog synthesizer
Tania Chen: piano

3. RedKoral Quartet perform Pacifica, String Quartet No. 12  
RedKoral Quartet:
Shalini Vijayan: violin
Mona Thian: violin
Andrew McIntosh: viola
Ashley Walters: cello
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Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Hardedge: soundesign

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4. Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 2: Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet:
Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Anthony Davis: piano
Ashley Walters: cello
John Lindberg: bass
Pheeroan akLaff: drums
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Jesse Gilbert – video artist

Saturday, December 16:
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Seminar
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Wadada Leo Smith discusses some of the principal components of his music
Talk + coffee

8:00pm

Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 3:
Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Motoko Honda: piano
Soo Yeon Lyuh: haegeum
William Winant: percussion

ROVA perform Wadada Leo Smith: Saxophone Quartet No. 1
Bruce Ackley: soprano & tenor saxophones
Larry Ochs: tenor & sopranino saxophones
Jon Raskin: baritone, alto & sopranino saxophones
Steve Adams: alto & sopranino saxophones

Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 4
Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Henry Kaiser: guitar
John Lindberg: bass
Lamar Smith: guitar

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Wadada Leo Smith – Ensemble 5:
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet: America’s National Parks
Wadada Leo Smith: trumpet
Anthony Davis: piano
Ashley Walters: cello
John Lindberg: bass
Pheeroan akLaff: drums
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Jesse Gilbert – video artist