American saxophonist and composer Darius Jones and French vocalist and composer Emilie Lesbros are touring new works inspired by the French actress, novelist, playwright, poet, and avant-garde singer Brigitte Fontaine. Jones and Lesbros will be by French bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and Americans Ches Smith (drums) and Matt Mitchell (piano).
Miřenka Čechová is an actor, performer, choreographer and director from the Czech Republic. She is co-founder of the Spitfire Company (physical and dance theatre) and Tantehorse company (physical mime). Her work with these companies has been presented in more than fifteen countries and her solo work, directing and lecturing is regularly presented in the USA.
Pianist Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Diehl’s meticulously thought-out performances, collaborations, and compositions are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry.
The City of Poets project features French pianist and composer Cedric Hanriot with American trumpeter Jason Palmer in a musical homage to the work of science fiction writer Dan Simmons. Hanriot and Palmer composed a suite of three movements using seven distinct melodies based on the famed “7 modes of limited transportation” created by influential French composer Olivier Messiaen to translate Simmon’s stories into original and improvisational music.
City of Poets: French pianist and composer Cedric Hanriot and American trumpeter Jason Palmer present a musical homage to the work of science fiction writer Dan Simmons. City of Poets is a suite of three movements using seven distinct melodies based on the famed “7 modes of limited transportation” created by influential French composer Olivier Messiaen to translate Simmon’s stories into original and improvisational music.