20th Anniversary: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the beloved late summer jazz favorite, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. In honor of this anniversary, SummerStage will present an additional evening of performances. This exceptional night will feature the world premiere of specially commissioned pieces by Revive Music Group in collaboration with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, celebrating the vibrant work of Charlie Parker’s 1950’s record, Charlie Parker with Strings.
Launched in 2006, Revive Music (aka Revive da Live) is a boutique, live music agency that specializes in producing genre-bending, creative-concept live music shows that tour worldwide with the purpose of educating and inspiring audiences about artistic and authentic forms of music. http://revivalist.okayplayer.com
Bird with Strings is a concept curated by the musicians at Revive Music Group and composer/arranger, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson in celebration of the classic Charlie Parker album, Charlie Parker with Strings. Re-imagined in a modern context by combining the art of sampling, remixing and inventive compositions and arrangements for a full string section with ensemble, Bird with Strings is a series of pieces dedicated to a modern approach to the music, life and legacy of Charlie Parker. www.miguelatwoodferguson.com
Storyteller and poet Daniel Carlton begins this special evening program by performing “On The Wings of Yardbird,” the story of a Black WWII veteran’s return home to Harlem and his first encounter with the music of Charlie Parker. His hopes, dreams, heartache and pain are captured in the jazzman’s solos, set to the tunes of “Ornithology” and other Charlie Parker music.
Appropriate for: Adult