THE ONJ INVITES MIKE REED
27 JANUARY 2018
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE JAZZ – MIKE REED QUARTET
SONS D’HIVER FESTIVAL – THÉÂTRE JACQUES CARAT / CACHAN
The ONJ invites one of the most emblematic musicians on the Chicago scene for a creation in homage to the American city.
It was following a trip to Chicago, organized by the ONDA in November 2016, that Olivier Benoit imagined this new urban evocation whose transatlantic resonance with the Europa cycle comes as the culmination of the end of his mandate at the head of the ONJ (December 2018). For this brand new project conceived in partnership with the French-American network The Bridge, the Artistic Director chose to entrust the orchestra and the writing of the programme to drummer, composer and conductor Mike Reed. As a figure of the new generation of the AACM, and also as the creator of the Pitchfork Music Festival, co-programmer of the Chicago Jazz Festival, and director of both Constellation, one of the city’s most dynamic venues, and the Hungry Brain, this musician and poly-technician has progressively drawn attention as one of the most singular artistic voices of the contemporary jazz landscape, thanks to works that form a skilful blend of Chicagoan traditions and across the board experiments, historical consciousness and liberated research.
To be presented at the end of January 2018 at the Sons d’Hiver Festival, the new creation The City Was Yellow: The Chicago Suite revisits a series of pieces by leading composers and ensembles from the Windy City over the previous 40 years: Hal Russell, Fred Anderson, Ed Wilkerson, Ernest Dawkins, Rob Mazurek, Ken Vandermark, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell, Tortoise, Jim O’Rourke… A repertoire specially arranged by Mike Reed for the ONJ, joined by the musicians of his favourite post-bop quartet, People, Places & Things, a name that appears as a return to the sources of all artistic equations and explorations.
MIKE REED artistic director, composition, arrangements, drums
GREG WARD alto saxophone
TIM HALDEMAN tenor saxophone
JASON ROEBKE double bass
OLIVIER BENOIT guitar
JEAN DOUSTEYSSIER clarinets
CHRISTOPHE MONNIOT alto saxophone
FIDEL FOURNEYRON trombone
FABRICE MARTINEZ trumpet, flugelhorn
SOPHIE AGNEL piano
PAUL BROUSSEAU keyboards
ÉRIC ECHAMPARD drums
Project produced in partnership with Sons d’Hiver and The Bridge.
Photo © Adrienne Thomas