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Broken Shadows

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

The free-jazz quartet will pay homage to and reinvent the music of Dewey Redman, Julius Hemphill, and Ornette Coleman. Info/tix.

Wes Orshoski.

Wes Orshoski.

The community creative space Arts + Literature Laboratory continues its run of stellar jazz shows with the free-jazz quartet Broken Shadows. The four musicians have all managed to find new modes of expression in the jazz tradition, and will perform the music of mid-century innovator Ornette Coleman, a seminal free-jazz figure whose influential approach to composition was characterized by a wild yet meticulous technicality.

The Bad Plus drummer Dave King and bass player Reid Anderson form the Broken Shadows’ rhythm section, and both have made a myriad of contributions to the Minneapolis jazz scene by connecting jazz techniques with popular music, reinvigorating a genre that was written off as dead. Saxophonist Tim Berne hails from New York, and has played avant-garde jazz for decades, notably leading the Snakeoil, with songs like the 20-minute long, sprawling, freeform “Deadbeat Beyonce.” Fellow horn-section member Chris Speed, an expert in both saxophone and clarinet, is also a stalwart in national improv and experimental jazz scenes, and his own quartet, partially inspired by New Orleans funeral march music, was featured on an NPR Tiny Desk concert. Along with recreating Coleman compositions, Broken Shadows will explore the free-jazz instrumental philosophies of players like Dewey Redman and Julius Hemphill — highly collaborative instrumentalists and composers who achieved a chaotic sense of freedom through hardcore dedication to the intricacies of their instruments. —Reid Kurkerewicz

Earlier Event: June 16
Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers
Later Event: June 18
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