WORD SOUND IS POWDER pt 4
Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions
Interpretations – Sounds Like Now 2004.10.16
DRE, composer, winds, percussions, invented instruments and vocals; Thurman Barker, marimba and drums; Mankwe Indosi, vocals and poetry; Miya Masaoka, koto and computer; Warren Smith, marimba and drums.
Hello, New York and environs. Following our post of a few months ago regarding the twentieth Interpretations series now running at Roulette in NY, we’re pleased to be able to present a live cut from Ewart and Co., courtesy the artist (who favors streaming), in support of the next night of Interpretations: this Thursday, 11 December. Thursday’s gig will feature an expanded version of Ewart & Inventions, plus a set by Thurman Barker’s own Strike Force.
The performance above was recorded at 2004’s Sounds Like Now festival, arranged by Tom Hamilton and David First, and captured at La Mama E.T.C. As Ewart notes at the end, it’s dedicated to his “first teacher,” Joseph Jarman. There are certainly strong echoes of Jarman here, and of the collectivist sound-sculpting approach of the AACM. If you like what you hear, and you are a bus-, subway-, or car-ride away from Roulette, we heartily recommend Thursday’s hit.