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Fred Moten in a black and red shirt prepares for a discussion
21 April 2013
Tramway

Fred Moten – Chat

Fred Moten

In many ways, this Episode is our attempt to engage with Fred’s incredible writing: with his proposal that all black performance (culture, politics, sexuality, identity, and blackness itself) is improvisation.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Howard Slater is in conversation at a table with Barry Esson in a black room
21 April 2013
Tramway

Listener as Operator

Howard Slater

Our favourite Lancashire-born autodictact asks what’s political about the tension between the individual and the collective in free jazz.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Daniel Carter plays a saxophone and William Parker plays a bamboo flute
20 April 2013
Tramway

Daniel Carter & William Parker

Daniel Carter William Parker

What might Carter and Parker’s collaboration tell us about our own performances of responsibility and liberty, whether individual, social or musical?

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
John Tilbury plays a piano whilst Wadada Leo Smith plays a trumpet
19 April 2013
Tramway

Wadada Leo Smith & John Tilbury

John Tilbury Wadada Leo Smith

How might two of the great musicians working within contrasting traditions of freedom collaborate? What might this produce: musically, socially, allegorically?

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Wadada Leo Smith thanks the audience, hand on his heart, trumpet by his sideide
19 April 2013
Tramway

Wadada Leo Smith

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.

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle Poster Graphic
17 – 21 April 2013
Tramway

Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle

Do art forms like black radical poetry, free jazz and improvisation create a space for the performance of freedom? Did they ever? And can they still do so now?

A B&W portrait of four members of TEST, all smiling
6 May 2012
Whitney Museum of American Art

TEST featuring Fred Moten

Daniel Carter Matt Heyner Sabir Mateen Tom Bruno Fred Moten

TEST is a collective creative improvising quartet based out of the NYC Underground (figuratively and literally). Their street-hardened, spatial Jazz is riotous and intense: is also makes us think about collective organization, and different ideas of responsibility and liberty.

A survey is a process of listening
Instal 04 publicity flyer
16 – 17 October 2004
The Arches

INSTAL 04

Now a two day festival, INSTAL 04 was borne of a desire to open eyes, challenge audiences and expand musical horizons. This was also the year in which a certain representative from Corwood Industries made his first ever live appearance.

Instal 08 Poster Graphic
14 – 17 February 2008
The Arches

INSTAL 08

A cast of pioneering and provocative spirits who exist outside the mainstream, between borders and definitions; a series of events that each explore different aspects of music that doesn’t quite fit any given category. INSTAL 08 included the Self-Cancellation project.

INSTAL 05 Publicity Flyer
14 – 16 October 2005
The Arches

INSTAL 05

A cast of pioneering spirits over an expanded three day festival including Jandek (one year on from his first ever show at INSTAL 04), JO-JO, Tetuzi Akiyama,Tom Bruno, Pauline Oliveros, a legendary Hijokaiden performance and Henri Chopin.