End of mandate project
CREATION JANUARY 2018 SONS D’HIVER FESTIVAL
MIKE REED artistic director, composition, arrangements, drums
GREG WARD alto saxophone
TIM HALDEMAN tenor saxophone
JASON ROEBKE double bass
JEAN DOUSTEYSSIER clarinets
ALEXANDRA GRIMAL tenor saxophone
CHRISTOPHE MONNIOT alto saxophone
FIDEL FOURNEYRON trombone
FABRICE MARTINEZ trumpet, flugelhorn
SOPHIE AGNEL piano
PAUL BROUSSEAU Fender Rhodes
ÉRIC ECHAMPARD drums
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.
In prelude to this event, two exceptional encounters are proposed for November 2017. The first sees Olivier Benoit reunited with Mike Reed in duo on stage at the great salon in the United States Foundation of the Cité Internationale Universitaire in Paris, on the occasion of the drummer’s participation in the first multidisciplinary seminar on his home city organized by the University of Chicago in Paris. The second honours a trio formed by ONJ musicians Sylvain Daniel and Fabrice Martinez with Mike Reed, in the context of an evening concert at the ‘Banlieues Bleues’ Dynamo that also welcomes two other cornerstones of the Chicago scene: Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly.
17 NOVEMBER 2017
Encounter MIKE REED drums – OLIVIER BENOIT guitar
Fondation des Etats-Unis – Cité Internationale Universitaire / Paris
In the context of the University of Chicago in Paris seminar
The Black Metropolis, between Past and Future: Race, Urban Planning and African-American Culture in Chicago
17 NOVEMBER 2017
Encounter MIKE REED drums – SYLVAIN DANIEL electric bass
FABRICE MARTINEZ trumpet
DAVE REMPIS saxophone – FRANK ROSALY drums
Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues / Pantin
27 JANUARY 2018
THE CITY WAS YELLOW: THE CHICAGO SUITE
ORCHESTRE NATIONAL DE JAZZ – MIKE REED QUARTET
SONS D’HIVER FESTIVAL – THÉÂTRE JACQUES CARAT / CACHAN
Project produced in partnership with Sons d’Hiver and The Bridge.
Photo © Adrienne Thomas