COMMON GROUND

FESTIVAL COMMISSION

Sunday, September 25 | 6pm

Central Presbyterian Church (200 E 8th St, Austin)

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Houston MC Jawwaad Taylor, and festival organizer Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, will pilot the 90-minute commissioned piece, Common Ground. The Texas-based musicians will lead an ensemble of five American creatives, such as Lisa E. Harris, who the Huffington Post recently called “one of 14 artists who are transforming opera,” and three Norwegian musicians, including Håkon Kornstad, a Norwegian Grammy-nominated artist who blends opera arias with jazz.

Tying together spirituals from Norwegian and African American traditions, the ensemble will deconstruct traditional forms and improvise on melodies, rhythms, and vocal fragments found within each history.

Participating musicians include: 

 

Lisa E. Harris: voice (Houston)

Gunvor Gustavsen: voice (Oppdal/Norway)

Chase Jordan: vibraphone (Houston)

Jawwaad Taylor: trumpet, sampler (Houston)

Håkon Kornstad: tenor saxophone, voice (Oslo/Norway)

Zachary Watkins: guitar (Oakland

Marshall Trammell: drums (Oakland)

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten: bass (Austin)

"If we enter into the business of deconstructing these spells (the matrix of spirituals) sonically, musically, brutally, will we also address the dominant ideologies embodied in the forms themselves? The cold winds have been blowing for some time now.”  – Marshall Trammell on Common Ground