Improvising Our Way to Community
William Parker is a father figure to New York City’s creative-music community. As a composer, bassist, and bandleader he has deepened our idea of free jazz and broadened the possibilities for musicians working in any genre. As a founder of New York’s Vision Festival, and through his wide-ranging collaborations and his poetry and essays, Parker has fostered an uncompromising framework for community organizing and political action through creative arts.
Here, he’ll premiere a new solo bass piece, “Birth of a New World.” And host Larry Blumenfeld will moderate a discussion with Parker, along with dancer, choreographer and curator Patricia Nicholson and others, about links between improvisation and community building.