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Voted "Composer of the Year" in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and active since the 1960s, jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has focused much of his work in recent years on the creation of Ten Freedom Summers for Smith's Golden Quartet and Southwest Chamber Music.

Smith compares his epic work to August Wilson's cycle of plays that traverse the African-American experience in the 20th century. He says that his own cycle "is the result of my research and reflection concerning the philosophical, social, and political history of the United States of America." It consists of three "collections" that can be peformed over three evenings.

Recent festival performances in Austria, Canada, and Chicago have centered around this music. At NEC tomorrow night, we will hear an NEC jazz chamber group perform two of the seven compositions that make up the Third Collection: Ten Freedom Summers.

Wadada Leo Smith begins his residency at NEC with this lecture on the work, before launching into rehearsals tomorrow morning with the NEC performers.

Date: November 6, 2013 - 6:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Pierce Hall

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