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Improv:21:
Passin’ Thru: An Informance with Oliver Lake

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Item Type: Video Duration: 102 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: ROVA

As part of the Improv:21 series sponsored by ROVA: Arts, Derk Richardson interviews jazz saxophonist, composer, painter, and poet, Oliver Lake. Lake provides a crash course is his personal history and the wide variety of groups that he has composed for, and/or played with. Lake has had an amazing career playing funk, jazz, and classical music, as well as writing and performing his own poetry and working with his Black Artist Group to produce pieces of musical theater. Here he plays excerpts of his works, be it with American Indian vocalist Mary Redhouse, the World Saxophone Quartet, the Flux String Quartet, the Oliver Lake Steel Quartet, the Oliver Lake Big Band, or any number of jazz groups. Lake also performs a number of sax solos live, as well as answers questions from the audience.

Musical Selections:  France Dance [excerpt] (ca. 1986) -- Owshet [excerpt] (ca. 1975) -- Rahsaan and stuff [excerpt] (2001) -- Input [excerpt] (ca. 1985) -- Cloth [excerpt] (1998) -- [unidentified saxophone solo] -- Land Line [a poem] -- Katrina ‘05 New Orleans [a poem] -- Song For Jay [excerpt] (c2004) -- My Mother is Breaking Glass [a poem] -- [unidentified saxophone solo] -- Naisiai [excerpt] -- Don’t Go Crazy [excerpt] (ca. 1982) -- Breath of Life [excerpt] (ca. 1982) -- Creole Talking [excerpt] -- [unidentified saxophone solo] -- Separation [a poem]
Performers:  Oliver Lake, saxophone (most selections)
Victor Lewis, drums (Owshet)
Olu Dara, trumpet (Owshet)
Stafford James, bass (Owshet)
Donald Smith, piano (Owshet)
World Saxophone Quartet: (Rahsaan)
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Rahsaan)
Timothy Russell, conductor (Rahsaan)
Flux String Quartet (Input)
Oliver Lake Big Band (Cloth ; Creole)
Oliver Lake Steel Quartet (Song)
Oliver Lake, flute (Naisiai)
Mary Redhouse, voice (Naisiai)
Jump Up (Crazy ; Breath)
Genres:  Jazz; Poetry
Subject:  Lake, Oliver; Passin’ Thru Records; Black Artists' Group; Jazz; Free jazz; Improvisation (Music); Saxophone music; Saxophone music (Jazz); Saxophones (4) with orchestra; String quartets; Big band music; Steel drum music (Jazz); Poetry
People:  Richardson, Derk; Lake, Oliver; Lewis, Victor; Dara, Olu; James, Stafford; Redhouse, Mary
Recording Date:  10/19/2005
 
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