Frank Woeste with Dave Douglas
French pianist Frank Woeste will collaborate with trumpeter Dave Douglas to create a new repertoire for a jazz quartet comprised of trumpet, bass, piano, and drums based on the work of Man Ray, the influential American modern artist who was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements of the 20th Century. Influenced by Ray’s works known as “readymades,” which were pieces created out of ordinary, everyday objects, the project, entitled, “The Art of Reinvention,” will include time for composition and rehearsals followed by a recording session in New York.
Nicole Mitchell with Sylvain Kassap
Composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell and her Black Earth Ensemble (violinist Renee Baker, saxophonist David Boykin, and pianist Aruan Ortiz) will collaborate with the French clarinetist Sylvain Kassap and his contemporary chamber L”ensemble Laborintus (harpist Helene Breschand, flutist Franck Masquelier, cellist Anaïs Moreau, percussionist César Carcopino) to produce a suite of vignettes, entitled “Moments of Fatherhood,” inspired by portrayals of French and American male parenting. The collaboration will include research and composition, a performance at the prestigious Sons d’hiver Festival in France, and a lecture and workshop at Columbia University’s Paris campus.
Steve Lehman with Maciek Lasserre
American saxophonist Steve Lehman and French soprano saxophone player Maciek Lasserre will create a new set of compositions investigating the relationship between modern jazz, experimental hip-hop, and live electronics. The collaboration will also include hip-hop vocalists HPrizm and Gaston Baye Sen from New York and Paris, respectively. The project will include a recording and tours in France and the United States. For the American tour, the four artists will be joined by pianist Craig Taborn, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Damion Reid. For the French tour, they will be joined by flutist Magic Malik, percussionist Stephane Edouard and drummer Maxime Zampieri.
Somi with Herve Samb
“Dreaming Zenzile: A Sonic Continuum of Miriam Makeba” is a collaboration between American vocalist Somi and French guitarist Herve Samb. The pair will work on new compositions based on and inspired by the late South African musical icon Miriam Makeba. The music created through the collaboration will be used as part of a larger multi-disciplinary performance piece of the same title. The pair will be joined by Otis Brown III on drums, Toru Dodo on piano, Michael Olatuja on bass and the legendary Hugh Masakela on trumpet. Masakela, who was formerly married to Makeba, will also serve as a special advisor to the project.
Yosvany Terry with Baptiste Trotignon
Cuban-American saxophonist Yosvany Terry will work with French pianist Baptiste Trotignon to create a new body of material inspired by the rich and diverse musical traditions that developed out of the African Diaspora in the United States and former French colonies in the Americas. The project includes individual and collaborative composition, rehearsals, performances in Paris and northeast United States, and a workshop at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City.