Ignaz Schick & Douglas Ewart
presented by crow with no mouth
Sept. 19, 2017
doors 7:30 / music 8:00 p.m.
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
$15 in advance or at the door
crow with no mouth is proud to present, in its 43rd concert, a first time meeting between two superlative improvising musicians: Douglas Ewart and Ignaz Schick performing as a duo.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica (1946)
A composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments, Douglas R. Ewart is also an educator, lecturer, arts organization consultant and all around visionary. In projects done in diverse media throughout an award-winning and widely-acclaimed 40-year career, Mr. Ewart has woven his remarkably broad gifts into a single sensibility that encourages and celebrates--as an antidote to the divisions and compartmentalization afflicting modern life-the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1946, Douglas R. Ewart immigrated to Chicago, Illinois in the United States in 1963. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1990 and he has been a resident of Minneapolis since 1992. Ewart joined the AACM in 1967, serving as the organization's president for many years.
Ewart has collaborated in performance and recordings with such master musicians as Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Myers, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Curran, Anthony Davis, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson, Joseph Jarman, Yusef Lateef, Roscoe Mitchell, George E. Lewis, James Newton, Cecil Taylor, Richard Teitelbaum, Henry Threadgill and many others. This will be Ewart's first meeting with Ignaz Schick.
Born 1972 (Germany)
Turntables, objects, electronics and alto saxophone
Founder of the Zarek & Edition Zangi labels, Schick studied the saxophone and has performed in free jazz and avant rock bands and has been obsessed for decades with multitrack tape machines, record players and effect boxes. He began experimenting with many different instruments and sound making devices in the mid-90s. Schick studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and worked for several years as an assistent for the contemporary composer Josef Anton Riedl. Since 1995 Schick has lived and worked in Berlin as an active and integral force of the so-called “Berlin Nouvelle Vague." He developed his own unique electro-acoustic set-up which he calls “rotating surfaces” where various objects and materials (from wood, metal, plastic, paper or violin bows and cymbals) are played directly on the rotating metal plate of the turntable and the vibrations are simply amplified with a small condenser microphone. With this set-up he covers many different styles of contemporary experimental music – ranging from extreme reductionism/EAI via ambient, industrial, musique concrete, electronica to harsh noise.
Shick has collaborated with an immense array of international experimental artists, including Don Cherry, Keith Rowe, Charlemagne Palestine, Burkhard Beins, and many others. This will be both his first meeting with Douglas Ewart and his Minnesota debut.
crow with no mouth promotions curates a concert series in the Twin Cities presenting music seldom heard in the Midwest. To date the crow concert series has presented 96 musicians from 13 countries in 40 concerts. The majority of these events presented musicians in their Minnesota debuts, including Keith Rowe, Michael Pisaro, Jürg Frey, Hong Chulki, Olivia Block, Tetuzi Akiayama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Nate Wooley, Reinier van Houdt, and many others.