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Wadada Leo Smith - CREATE Festival 2019


  • Firehouse 12 45 Crown Street New Haven, CT, 06510 (map)

The endlessly innovative composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presents the Third Annual CREATE Festival in New Haven, CT, a two-day gathering to delve deeply into his multi-faceted and unclassifiable music featuring brilliant works for a diverse roster of musicians and ensembles. Taking place Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, CT, the festival will include performances by four of Wadada’s own wide-ranging groups as well as unique collaborations and solo performances, alongside an exhibit of Smith’s Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Art-Scores.  Performances take place at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; a lunch dialogue with Wadada and Professor Nina Sun Eidsheim will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. A full schedule of events is below. Tickets are $30 for each of the concerts; $55 for both.  The lunch and dialogue is $30 per person, $50 for couples, with limited seating.

CREATE Festival 2019
Saturday April 6th - 7:00pm

Blue Meditations - Lamar Smith’s Band: Lamar Smith - guitar, Melvin Gibbs – electric bass, Pheeroan akLaff - drums, Hardedge - electronics

The First Light Gold / The Second Light Blue from Rosa Parks: Pure Love - Mona Tian - violin

Tastalun with soundtrack
Divine Love
Spirituals: The Language of Love -
Wadada Leo Smith’s NDA: Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, Bobby Naughton - vibraphone, Dwight Andrews – bass clarinet, flute, John Lindberg - bass

Spiritual Horizons
Lake Tanganyika Nur-Water -
Wadada Leo Smith’s Najwa and Harriet Tubman: Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, Brandon Ross - guitar, Lamar Smith - guitar, Melvin Gibbs – electric bass, Bill Laswell – electric bass, JT Lewis - drums

All compositions by Wadada Leo Smith, Kiom Music

CREATE Festival 2019
Sunday, April 7th - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Exhibit of Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Art-Scores
Creative Dialogue with Nina Sun Eidsheim and Wadada Leo Smith on the Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Art-Scores

Lunch, Coffee and Tea with Wadada Leo Smith and Artists
$30 or $50 for couples.

CREATE Festival 2019
Sunday, April 7th - 7:00pm:

Sweet Bay Magnolia with Berry Clusters - Ashley Walters – cello, Oguri – butoh dance

Lake Biwa a Full Moon Pure Water Gold - Min Xiao-Fen – pipa, Wadada Leo Smith – trumpet, Oguri – butoh dance

JFK in Dallas: Parkland: 11.22.1963
Mariam Makeba: A Magnificent Voice: The Empress of Peace: 1932-2008 -
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quintet: Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, Erika Dohi - piano, Ashley Walters - cello, John Lindberg - bass, Pheeroan akLaff - drums

All compositions by Wadada Leo Smith, Kiom Music

CREATE Festival is made possible with generous support from the Doris Duke Foundation in partnership with Creative Capital. Smith received a Doris Duke Artist Award in 2016.

Earlier Event: April 5
Unspeakable Garbage
Later Event: April 12
Crump / Laubrock / Smythe