Two graduates of Bennington College's storied Black Music Division invited Bill Dixon to visit Cambridge last week. Eric Zinman and Stanley Jason Zappa had a notion to put together a small improvising orchestra as a tip of the aesthetic hat to Bill and the Bennington experience.
We gathered in a rehearsal room at MIT on Wednesday for three hours, setting some broad parameters for a musical interaction. Drummer and former Black Music Fellow Syd Smart was with us throughout, making the hang with Bill and the musicians. The following evening I ended up conducting both the improvisations, grouped in small sets of players, and some of my own material, scored for the occasion. Check out Chris Rich's wonderful write-up of the project on the Brilliant Corners blog.
Eric is resolved to continue this experience somehow. Something to watch out for...
Eric Zinman, Bill Dixon, Lawrence Cook & Stanley Jason Zappa at Outpost 186