William Parker’s In Order to Survive: “Criminals in the White House” William Parker’s In Order to Survive: “Criminals in the White House”

with Hamid Drake, Cooper-Moore & Rob Brown

Thu September 21st, 2017


Main Space

Minimum Age: 18+

Doors Open: 6:30PM

Show Time: 7:30PM

Event Ticket: $15 / $20

Day of Show: $20 / $25

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Table Seating: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing Room: $15 advance, $20 day of show

William Parker’s In Order to Survive featuring Cooper-Moore (recipient of 2017 the Lifetime Achievement award at Vision Festival 22) – piano /  Rob Brown – sax  / Hamid Drake – drums / William Parker – bass, double reeds

In light of a Regime that supports White Supremacy that feeds on fear and division and closes its eyes and ears to a growing climate crisis.

As Artists we speak out loud in support of all who are now at Risk:  for our brothers and sisters of African descent and the indigenous peoples of this land.

For the immigrants and refugees that are our neighbors, be they Jewish, Muslim or Christian, or what ever their beliefs may be.  

And we speak out for the land itself that sustains us all.

The music of ‘In Order To Survive’ is deeply rooted in the concept of vision. In this music I hear the history, the mystery and the now, all existing and vanishing at the same time. Everything is kept together by the undertow of this luminous lyricism that is ever present.

The main force in playing this music is having the ability to feel the pain of all who suffer. To feel it as if it were happening to us; not resting until it ceases to be. Feeling for others and believing that the only way to survive is through love of God (Self) . Making sure that each sound that comes from your instrument is directed and filled with the strongest truth that exists. —William Parker 

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William Parker

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William Parker (bass, double reeds, nGoni)

William Parker is the premier freejazz bassist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, author, educator and influencer.  He has been called “one of the most inventive bassists/leaders since [Charles] Mingus,” and “the creative heir to Jimmy Garrison and Paul Chambers…directly influenced by ‘60s avant-gardists like Sirone, Henry Grimes and Alan Silva.” The Village Voice called him, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time” and Time Out New York named him one of the “50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time.” Parker’s current active bands include the large-band Little Huey Creative Orchestra, the Raining on the Moon Sextet, the In Order to Survive Quartet, Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind, the Cosmic Mountain Quintet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore, as well as a deep and ongoing solo bass study. His music has been released by AUM Fidelity, RogueArt and his own Centering Records, among many others. He has recorded over 150 albums, published six books, and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists.

He has been a key figure in the New York and European creative music scenes since the 1970s, and has worked all over the world.  He was an important member of the Cecil Taylor Unit, as well as with Peter Brotzmann, Milford Graves, Billy Bang, Roy Campbell and David S. Ware, among many others.

William Parker works all over the world but he always returns to New York’s Lower East Side, where he has lived since 1975.

Photo Credit: Peter Gannushkin

Hamid Drake

Hamid Drake (drums)

By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the most important percussionists in improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers Don Cherry, Peter Brotzmann, Fred Anderson, Kidd Jordan and Ken Vandermark, among others. Drake was born in Monroe, LA, in 1955, and later moved to Chicago with his family. He ended up taking drum lessons with Fred Anderson’s son, eventually taking over the son’s role as percussionist in Anderson’s group. As a result, Fred Anderson also introduced Drake to George Lewis and other AACM members. Drake also has performed world music; by the late ’70s, he was a member of Foday Muso Suso’s Mandingo Griot Society, and has played reggae. Drake has been a member of the Latin jazz band Night on Earth, the Georg Graewe Quartet, the DKV Trio, Peter Brotzmann’s Chicago Octet/Tentet, and Liof Munimula, the oldest free improvising ensemble in Chicago. Drake has also worked with trumpeter Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders, Fred Anderson, Mahmoud Gania, and has performed a solstice celebration with fellow Chicago percussionist Michael Zerang semiannually since 1991. Hamid Drake recorded material is best represented on Chicago’s Okkadisk label. Hamid Drakes musical relationship with William Parker began in 2000 with the release of O’Neals Porch and the Duo recording Piercing the Veil. together they are The most exceptional rhythm sections in Jazz today.


Cooper-Moore (piano)

Born in segregated Virginia, Cooper-Moore came of age as a musician and active member of the civil rights and peace movements. He became a pivotal member of the Free Jazz movement beginning with the collective Apogee with David S. Ware.  He lived and performed at the Jazz Loft at 501 Canal Street. Cooper-Moore’s primary instrument is the piano, though the many instruments he has designed and built have become part of his trademark. He is an important educator, inspiring generations of young artists through Head Start and other music programs around the world. Over the years he has also sought to mentor young musicians to pass forward the music that he feels so strongly about.

His contributions to music come from the total commitment that he makes to every sound, tone, and rhythm that comes through him into the instrument at hand. The quality of his approach to music is unique and based in his roots in the South. Because of his talent, he was chosen by his community to develop and play the music that had come to him from his background and was informed by the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights as he came of age. His music encompasses all of this and more. As with every genius, his music is the expression of the magic of Sound passing through.

Cooper-Moore has written and performed for playwrights such as Rita Dove and Laurie Carlos, and choreographers Joan Miller, Rod Rogers, Marlies Yearby, and Judith Jackson. He has led his own bands such as Triptych Myth and Digital Primitives. He has been a central figure in William Parker’s In Order to Survive and Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host.

Rob Brown

Rob Brown (Saxophone)

Rob Brown was born and raised in Hampton VA. At a young age, he was introduced to the music of Charlie Parker and Eric Dolphy and began performing with traveling jazz-blues bands by age 16.

Rob moved to New York in 1984 and established the musical relationships that came to define his career : pianist Matthew Shipp whom he met in Boston in 1982  and in 1984 he met William Parker. In 1989 they recorded a cd for Silkheart and Rob’s trio that included Denis Charles.

Rob quickly became an important member of William Parker’s many ensembles in a relationship that has continued for almost 30 years, touring Europe and the US and recording at least 20 albums. The most prolific and steadily working of those groups is Parker’s quartets and quintets. Rob is also a key member of William Parker’s Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra since its inception in the early 1990’s. Rob and drummer Whit Dickey started playing together in the late eighties which led to a trio with guitarist Joe Morris and others.

Recent collaborators include cellist Daniel Levin, Kenny Warren, Satoshi Takeshi, and Juan P Carletti. In the 2011 Rob toured Europe with the recently deceased revolutionary poet with Amiri Baraka.

Rob Brown is a 2001 CalArts/Alpert/ Ucross Residency Prize winner and has received many Meet The Composer Fund grants. In 2006 Rob was awarded a Chamber Music America New Works grant.

Rob Brown is a founding Vision Core Artist which not only exemplifies Vision’s aesthetics but is also tasked with the responsibility to maintain the idéals and aesthetics that has made Vision Great and long lasting.

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