Sunday, March 8, 2015

Henry Threadgill's Zooid

Henry Threadgill (born February 15, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is a composer, saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist and percussionist of American jazz. Member of the AACM, he has hosted the Air trio, the septet Very Very Circus, groups or Make A Move Zooid.

Multi-instrumentalist, he added to his collection of reed instruments a percussion instrument of his invention: the "hubkaphone" series of car wheel covers.

 At the edge of the jazz avant-garde since the early 1960s, composer-performer Henry Threadgill operates within a sophisticated, multi-sourced musical language developed over decades, since his early years with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. It's a language uniquely his own, one that his Zooid colleagues speak fluently.

This is a rare Washington appearance from Henry Threadgill, "one of the most important living composers in and around the jazz idiom" (Nate Chinen) and a dazzling alto saxophonist and flutist with masterly improvisational skills.