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THE BRIDGE #9
Mike Ladd – improvised poetry/lyrics, EMS synth
Mankwe M N Ndosi – voice, poetry, story, texture
Sylvain Kassap – clarinets
Dana Hall – drums
Like all the ramifications of musicians put forward by the exchange and alliance network The Bridge, this ninth formation is a story about (re-)putting into play, and (re-)putting in common, of parties involved, sparked off by desire, by good pleasure, and a few initial branchings.
For several years, and after experiencing all the history of contemporary jazz in France and in Europe, Sylvain Kassap has been collecting meetings with Chicago musicians, in a duo with Hamid Drake, or for a multiple-input project with Nicole Mitchell, or along Edward Wilkerson Jr. during a thundering visit in Illinois in June 2013. This conjugation of stories and adventures in the present tense, decidedly and resolutely, seeks to set off, under the lights of the clarinet, the meeting between the transcultural singing of Mankwe Ndosi who, between Tanzania and Midwest, soul and free, works and is worked from within by different vocal and verbal traditions, to forge her own, necessarily hybrid; and the chanted, hammered or sung speech, the spoken flow of Mike Ladd, who’s got as many vocal chords to his bow than the multiple meanings that can be found in spoken word, slam, and rap when they’re in direct connection with high level poetry.
Formed in 2008, The Regulators are Mike Allemana on guitar, Gerald Dowd on drums and Matt Ferguson on bass. The three of them came together in the early 2000s as the rhythm section for Brian O'Hern's Model Citizen Big Band. The Regulators spun itself off from this group where they had already commenced with their trademarked rhythmic explorations during the extended free-inventions which typically mark the close of each Model Citizens set. Their music is a free-funk-jazz exploration of non-western rhythmic cycles. Whatever genre you want to call their music, a few things are certain: it’s groovin’, it’s exciting and it’s bad-assed. It is musical high-wire without a net. One moment it is Funkadelic getting in touch with their inner-Bulgarian, ten minutes later a wall of noise-rock and five minutes after that, King Tubby working with a klezmer band. Anything can and will happen.