AACM's Thurman Barker with The Sonic 8 & Julius Masri
A rare Philly performance...
Thurman Barker, founding AACM Member, multi faceted drummer, composer & mallet percussionist joins the Sonic 8 (Sonic Liberation Front's new octet) along with Philly’s Julius Masri in performing: Interaxx – Music for Metals, Membranes and Circuits
Thurman Barker joins the Sonic 8 in a special performance of new music, and music from their respective repertoires in a mutually unique setting. The evening will unfold with Barker solo works for Marimba, duo works with his former Bard College student Julius Masri (drums & electronics), and with The Sonic 8 and their new octect music.
(AAMC’s Thurman Barker)’s work long has epitomized the organization's aesthetic, which merges a quest for innovation with a profound respect for ancient African musical rituals. Chicago Tribune
Emerging from the Chicago free scene, a founder member of the AACM, percussionistThurman Barker first played and recorded with fellow Chicagoans Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Joseph Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams and Anthony Braxton, in whose quartet he played in the late 70s. Economic survival meant periods of working in musical pit bands, but joining Cecil Taylor’s Unit in 1986 brought further exposure. Taylor’s dense, polyrhythmic style required the services of someone with an acute sense of structure and an incisive attack; these Barker has in abundance. At the suggestion of Billy Bang, Barker has added the marimba to his armory, playing with exquisite grace and fire on Bang’s exotic The Fire From Within. Mr. Barker is an Associate Professor of Music at Bard College since 1993. He's taught at Creative Music School, Cornish Institute, and American Conservatory of Music. Profiled in Modern Drummer and DownBeat magazines. Recordings with, among others, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, and Sam Rivers.
Thurman with Cecil Taylor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2j36msUFdo
Thurman Barker Website http://www.upteeproductions.com
The Sonic 8 are the new octet subset of Sonic Liberation Front. The new octet brings an open chamber jazz and Afro Cuban Lukumi mix with influences as far afield as Ornette Coleman, Eric Satie, Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons, and Charles Mingus… All under the watchful eyes of the Orishas.
Sonic 8: Kevin Diehl - bata & drumkit, Matt Engle - bass, Veronic Jurkiewicz - viola, Todd Margasak - cornet, Connor Przybyszewski - trombone, Tom Lowery - percussion & drumkit, Yinka Moore - bata & percussion, Nichola Rivera - bata & percussion
Julius Masri is a percussionist and circuit bender. He has played in: The Electric Simcha, TinMouth, Q-1, Circles, Chakra Khan/Air Pirates, Wolf Vs., KuruKuruPa, LionsHead, GoldenBall, Ex Reverie, Br'er, The Burrs, Unidos Da Filadelfia Samba.
FREE! but we suggest a $10 donation to help pay these musicians!