Photo by: Liz Ligon
10³²K featuring Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Kevin Ray, and Andrew Drury
Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:30pm
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
The Planck temperature. The temperature at which matter ceases to exist, and conventional physics breaks down. According to Nova, at this point, “strange things, unknown things, begin to happen to phenomena we hold near and dear, like space and time.” Also an apt description for what happens when you mix the cerebral flamboyance of Frank Lacy ’s trombone with Andrew Drury’s kaleidoscopic percussion, and the big broad bass sound of Kevin Ray.
Rather than focusing upon the more traditional masters – Ellington, Monk, Miles, etc. – this remarkable trio has, in addition to their own compositions, selected a compelling repertoire from some of the less-often played, but powerfully innovative composers and players of modern Jazz. With their debut album, That Which is Planted, just released in October on Oliver Lake’s Passin’ Thru label, they will be showcasing their interpretations of works by Mingus, Threadgill, Ayler, Joe Ford and Steve McCall.
The members of 10³²K are most qualified to explore this territory, having worked with a veritable who’s-who of the modern era. McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers, Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, Dizzy Gillespie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bobby Watson, John Hicks, Lester Bowie, Greg Osby, Charles Gayle and the Mingus Big Band are only a partial list of the great artists with whom the members have performed extensively. 10³²K offers a delightfully singular and most enjoyable voyage in modern Jazz history, while making a good bit of their own on the way.
Presented in collaboration with the Conjure Music Collective.