Mon, 28 November 2011
The Solos & Duos Series, produced by the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, concludes its 10th season with a concert by the Wadada Leo Smith/Günter ‘Baby’ Sommer Duo on Friday, December 2, in Bezanson Recital Hall at 8:00pm. Günter ‘Baby’ Sommer is one of the master musicians of contemporary European jazz, a percussionist of enormous originality and humor, who has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Peter Brötzmann and Günter Grass. Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is a hugely influential trumpeter and educator, who has worked with every major improviser of the last 40 years.
Born in Dresden, East Germany, in 1943, Sommer studied at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" from 1962-66. (He now teaches at the University.) He was soon performing with masters like saxophonist Ernst-Ludwig Petrowksy and pianist Ulrich Gumpert, and has released over 100 recordings with Peter Kowald, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and Barre Phillips.
Other events in the residency will include:
Günter “Baby” Sommer: Jazz Recital Hour Thursday, December 1,11am-Noon, Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Free and open to the public
Wadada Leo Smith: Discusses "10 Freedom Summers", his recent large-scale work inspired by the Civil Rights struggle. Reception to follow. Thursday, December 1, 4-6pm, Hampshire College, Music Bldg, Recital Hall Free and open to the public
Listen to Glenn Siegel's live conversation with Wadada & Baby on WMUA, 91.1FM Friday, Dec. 2, 11a-Noon www.wmua.org
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