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I Got to Keep Moving — Balance feat. Bill Harris & Gerald Cleaver
April 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDTFree
From the Detroit Public Library’s Facebook Event Page:
Bringing together three generations of Detroit artists in an interdisciplinary collaboration, “I Got To Keep Moving” features stories from author Bill Harris’ new collection of the same title, with new original music composed and performed by Balance (Michael Malis, piano and Marcus Elliot, saxophone) and drummer Gerald Cleaver.
“I Got To Keep Moving” will feature solo and musically accompanied readings from Harris, and newly composed compositions by Malis and Elliot inspired by Harris’ tales. Featured in the musical ensemble is a pioneering drummer and improviser Cleaver.
Balance – Michael Malis, piano and Marcus Elliot, saxophone: Called “two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians” by the Detroit Free Press, Marcus Elliot and Michael Malis’ “intuitive improvisations” stand on the threshold of composed and improvised music, creating intimate portraits of musical expression that deal in the language of subtlety. In 2017, they released their eponymous debut record, “Balance,” which was praised by the Detroit Metro Times as “contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go.”
Bill Harris: A Guggenheim Award recipient and the Kresge Foundations’ Eminent Artist for 2011, Bill Harris has been described as “a compelling force in Detroit’s — and the nation’s — literary community for decades” (Kresge Arts in Detroit). His plays have been produced over one hundred times nationwide, and he is also the author of volumes of poetry, and collections of critiques of American history.
Gerald Cleaver: According to the Detroit Free Press, Gerald Cleaver “more than any other Detroit jazz export of his generation… has earned his reputation on the cutting edge.” Cleaver has performed with a who’s who of the jazz and creative improvised music community, including luminaries Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Reggie Workman, and Muhal Richard Abrams.
Feature image courtesy of the DPL