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Rita Warford & Janice Misurell-Mitchell

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As U.S. military action in the Middle East appears increasingly likely, vocalist Rita Warford and flutist Janice Misurell-Mitchell have decided to come together for a program called "Music, Women & War." (Given the state of the world with the boys running it, I for one am more than happy to consider other perspectives.) Joined by versatile new-jazz reedman Mwata Bowden and percussionist Dane Richeson, they will present original compositions concerned with resistance, social change, and feminism, as well as a larger Misurell-Mitchell piece, A Silent Woman, that adds clarinet and piano to the mix. As a composer, Misurell-Mitchell, co-artistic director of the new-music cooperative CUBE, has sought inspiration from various members of the jazz avant-garde, mainly Chicago's AACM; she's worked with and written for such luminaries as Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, and, in recent years, Warford, building a body of semiformal composition that's informed by abstract improvisation. Warford, a longtime member of the AACM with an earthy timbre and airy ideas, emerged in the 70s as one of the few vocalists who met the fiery demands of the new jazz; over the years she's borrowed elements from new-music composition to develop works incorporating spoken word, including I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman, on this program. Misurell-Mitchell has also worked occasionally with spoken word since her 1991 piece After the History, which is on tonight's bill as well. Over time each of these women has moved toward the other's point of artistic origin, and they now have as much common ground musically as they do sociopolitically. Wednesday, February 5, 8 PM, HotHouse, 31 E. Balbo; 312-362-9707.

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