Photo: Alex Woodward

Wadada Leo Smith

A performance bearing witness to a struggle built upon patience and collective action from the great multi-instrumentalist and member of the AACM. Beforehand Barry Esson from Arika will give an introduction to the Episode.

Trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser and educator, Wadada is one of the great figures in jazz, and the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) a musician-led institution that seeks the creative and representational control of its music and education. His music, grounded in a historical poetics, suggests what can be done as racism, poverty and justice intersect; bearing witness to a struggle built upon patience, collective action, a thousand acts: “None of these pieces are meant simply to be listened to.” 

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    Credits / license
    • CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

  • Introduction to Episode

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