For Bill Dixon II

forbesgraham on March 07, 2010 16:56

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    Two graduates of Bennington College's storied Black Music Division invited Bill Dixon to visit Cambridge last week. Eric Zinman and Stanley Jason Zappa had a notion to put together a small improvising orchestra as a tip of the aesthetic hat to Bill and the Bennington experience.

    We gathered in a rehearsal room at MIT on Wednesday for three hours, setting some broad parameters for a musical interaction. Drummer and former Black Music Fellow Syd Smart was with us throughout, making the hang with Bill and the musicians. The following evening I ended up conducting both the improvisations, grouped in small sets of players, and some of my own material, scored for the occasion. Check out Chris Rich's wonderful write-up of the project on the Brilliant Corners blog.

    -Stephen Haynes

    Personnel:
    Laurence Cook - percussion
    Kevin Frenette - guitar
    Forbes Graham - trumpet
    Stephen Haynes - trumpet
    Jim Hobbs - alto saxophone
    Christopher Kottke - trumpet
    Glynis Lomon - cello
    Nick Skrowaczewski - keyboard
    Jacob William - bass
    Eric Zinman - piano

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