Steve Lehman is a “quietly dazzling saxophonist” (The New York Times) who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. His pieces have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble and Sō Percussion, among others, and his 2009 recording Travail, Transformation & Flow was chosen as the “#1 Jazz/Pop Album of the Year” by The New York Times. This visionary composer is creating powerful new models for improvisation and leads his acrobatic Octet in this UMS debut.
New this season! UMS “Tune in” - a series of brief pre-show talks by inspired and experienced special guests. Each Tune is just 15 minutes long. A special guest speaker will offer a unique perspective, tidbits of information, and provocative questions for thinking about, listening to, and watching the performance. Our guest for this performance is Linda Yohn, WEMU Music Director. Tune in begins at 7:30 pm in Michigan League Kuenzel Room (1st floor).
Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? Join us for a post-performance Q&A and get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists that bring creativity to the stage. Must have a ticket to this evening’s performance to attend.
Program Book [PDF]
Steve Lehman website
An alto saxophonist, Steve Lehman has performed and recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Dave Burrell, Mark Dresser, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and many others.
Lehman’s pieces for large orchestra and chamber ensembles have been performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Sō Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the JACK Quartet, and the Talea Ensemble. His recent recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi, 2009), was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times.
We welcome the Steve Lehman Octet and Steve Lehman for their UMS debut performance.