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Wadada Leo Smith to Present CREATE Festival West in December

Jazzed Magazine • News • November 1, 2017

Composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith will present CREATE Festival West, a two-day celebration and exploration of his inventive and unclassifiable music, on Friday December 15 and Saturday, December 16, 2017 at The Lab in San Francisco.

The festival will include performances by seven separate ensembles over two evenings. In addition, Smith will host a workshop, open only to musicians, on his Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Scores. Tickets are $35 per concert; $60 for both concerts.  The workshop is $50, and more information can be found at
Both evenings will culminate with a performance of music from “America’s National Parks,” a six-movement suite inspired by the scenic splendor, historic legacy, and political controversies of the country’s public landscapes, performed by Smith’s newly-expanded Golden Quintet: Smith, pianist Davis, bassist John Lindberg, drummer akLaff, and cellist Walters along with video artist Jesse Gilbert.

In the end, Smith hopes that audiences who attend the festival will come away “with a deeper understanding of how I make my art. I expect that they’ll be more informed about what my music is and therefore they can create a deeper level of appreciation for what I do. Ultimately, I wish to create a dialogue about issues of liberty, democracy, art and the connection between human beings.”

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