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Davu Seru & Jamal R. Moore

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, Wisconsin (map)

A performance and discussion from two accomplished musicians in the realm of jazz and beyond. Info/tix

Davu Seru. Photo by Andrea Canter.

Davu Seru. Photo by Andrea Canter.

Twin Cities percussionist Davu Seru and Baltimore-based saxophonist Jamal R. Moore both have far-flung resumes as composers and collaborators, so it's hard to imagine that this rare duo performance will be as simple as filing under "jazz." Seru's No Territory Band septet channels his original compositions into lush, subtly shifting horn arrangements and overlapped melodic figures that build on polyrhythms and serve as jumping-off points for improvisation. While it's easy and customary to name-check the people a jazz musician has played with, Seru's choices in collaborators do say a lot about his daring spirit as an artist. The ones that jump out most to me are experimental electronic artist Rafael Toral and Twin Cities guitarist/banjo player Paul Metzger, who is best known for playing an astonishing 23-string banjo he modified himself, but has also busted out the electric guitar to join Seru in searing, mischievous takes on Monk and Gershwin.

Moore's work as a bandleader and composer has included nimbly searching performances with his Organix Trio, and like Seru, Moore also tends to work extensively within a lineage of boundary-pushing jazz (in collaborations with musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, and Hamid Drake) and a bit beyond it (that list also includes the great Sheila E. and experimental percussionist Michael Zerang). Both artists have worked in the academic realm—Seru at Hamline University and Moore at Baltimore's Coppin State University—and will follow their performance here with a discussion on black cultural praxis. —Scott Gordon

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Betsy Ezell Quintet