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RBMA: 'A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets'

Wednesday, May 14
Town Hall, New York NY
event description

A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets saw its premiere in 2013 at the Red Bull Music Academy. This year we’re bringing the event back with all new artists at Manhattan’s majestic Town Hall.

With: Allen Toussaint, Amp Fiddler, Daedelus, Dave Douglas, David Murray, James Carter, Jamie Lidell, Jherek Bischoff, Kaki King, Karsh Kale, Marc Ribot, Marco Benevento, Nels Cline, Petra Haden, Shigeto, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wadada Leo Smith & more TBA.

The format? Simple. One musician starts a solo improvisation lasting five minutes. Another musician then joins for five minutes of duo improvisation. After those five minutes, musician #1 leaves the stage and musician #3 joins musician #2 for another five minutes, and so on and so forth for two hours.

Hear artists from the realms of jazz, electronics, experimental rock and everything in between as you’ve never heard them before in an event curated by the Red Bull Music Academy and the Undead Music Series.

The night’s bill is stacked with some of the most respected figures in their field: New Orleans R&B authority Allen Toussaint, Warp Records’ sci-fi soul man Jamie Lidell, Dilla guru and Parliament keyboarder Amp Fiddler, Wilco member Nels Cline, jazz giants David Murray and James Carter, trailblazing beat maestro Daedelus, avant-garde champion Wadada Leo Smith and guitar guerrilla Kaki King are just a few of the names we’re excited to welcome.

Given the unique sprawl of talent that is represented, Round Robin duets will lure even the most masterly musicians out of their comfort zone. Having to adjust to a continuous, ever-changing stream of improvised music, each artist will add their own note to the potion, making for a mind-altering journey through a wide range of musical styles.

Rounding up the line-up will be Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer Terri Lynne Carrington, Detroit beat virtuoso Shigeto, pop polymath Jherek Bischoff, accomplished session guitarist Marc Ribot, jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, tabla beat scientist Karsh Kale, circuit bender Marco Benevento and in- demand violinist Petra Haden. Further additions will be announced closer to the event.

Expect an unforgettable night of improv extravaganza in the heart of New York City, complemented by a dazzling stage design courtesy of Nuit Blanche NY. You will never see a musical constellation quite like this again.

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Show Starts At: 7:30 PM
Advanced Price: $30.00
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Town Hall
123 W. 43rd St. New York NY, 10036
PH: 212-840-2824
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