About This Program

Approximate length 2:00

Jazz trumpet virtuoso Ambrose Akinmusire joins his “unfurling lines that confound expectation” (Chicago Tribune) with rapper Kool A.D.’s “social consciousness infused irreverence” (Colorlines) to create a brand new chamber music work co-commissioned by Liquid Music and the Ecstatic Music Festival. Guided by Akinmusire’s “strong aesthetic compass” (The New York Times), this uniquely explorative and expressive world premiere collaboration will feature the “fearless, precise and forward-looking” (The Chicago Reader) Mivos Quartet alongside pianist Sam Harris and drummer Marcus Gilmore.

“For a jazz trumpet player, you couldn't be more on top of the world than Ambrose Akinmusire.” – NPR

“A thoughtful effort to deconstruct and rearrange cultural objects in ways that challenge our deepest assumptions.” – Mother Jones on the music of Kool A.D.

Liquid Music

This event is part of the SPCO's boundary-defying Liquid Music concert series.
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