19 – 22 October 2017

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21 October Macedonian Opera and Ballet, 20:00

STEVE COLEMAN AND FIVE ELEMENTS

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STEVE COLEMAN alto saxophone

JONATHAN FINLAYSON trumpet

ANTHONY TIDD bass

SEAN RICKMAN drums

American saxophonists Steve Coleman has been described as an “indefatigable person who constantly learns, studies, observes", searches to "learn from others, from the world, from nature, and to transmit that knowledge, share his discoveries, his quest", with an "incredible vitality that he generates on the music scene". His innovative playing and endless search for new forms and ideas are timeless. Initially influenced by saxophonists Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Von Freeman, and Bunky Green, Coleman since 1985 has been adding his own unique twist to jazz music. He was one of the founders of the so-called M-Base movement whose early ranks included t Greg Osby and Cassandra Wilson. M-Base Collective was self-help organization for black musicians, seeking to integrate all forms of black music into a new ecumenical style. Coleman led several groups, and recorded extensively. His music at the time suggested an organic synthesis of post-bop and funk, though he was already thinking more broadly. He began forming conceptual links to all manner of complex systems: numerological, astrological, myth-religious. The rhythms of Coleman's music were circular and highly complex polymetric patterns, which preserve their danceable character of popular funk rhythms despite their internal complexity and asymmetries. With his long-lasting group Five Elements, he made a dozen of albums, like the legendary “Rhytm people”, “Black Science” and “The Thao of Mad Phat”, or the recent “Functional Arrhythmias”.