David Murray can look back on a long journey: hardly anyone else has so energetically researched the connection and shortcuts between the avant-gardе and tradition and in the process acquired a profile that makes him unique amongst saxophonists of his generation. A great lover of poetry that has always been at the service of his music, he meets New York slammer, rapper, writer, musician, columnist and actor Saul Williams at the funeral of their mutual friend, the great poet and Black Power movement activist Amiri Baraka. The next day, the two artists meet and decide to pay tribute to the poet as well as to a pioneer of Istanbul's jazz scene, Mehmet "Memo" Uluğ who opened the doors of Turkey to experimental jazz through the Akbank Jazz Festival and his club Babylon in Istanbul. Thus was born the project “Blues for Memo”, where the raging and uncompromising poetry of the slammer is inhabited by the saxophonist and his Quartet. On one hand, there’s David Murray and the free jazz notes of his saxophone that magically transport us to another world, and on the other, Saul Williams, man of letters, who recites incisive verses from his poems. The alchemy is perfect in their common political and poetic discourse as well as their powerful musicality.
18 October Macedonian Opera and Ballet, 22:00 MOB, 20:00
DAVID MURRAY QUARTET