Mitchell performs with her long-running Black Earth Ensemble; for Thursday's concert the lineup includes David Boykin on bass clarinet, David Young on trumpet, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, and Marcus Evans on drums. The group will be joined by Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda. He plays a customized arpa llanero—an instrument traditionally used for Colombian joropo music, indigenous to the plains of Colombia and Venezuela—that's fitted with two pickups, one for the upper register and one for the lower, to help him articulate distinct simultaneous melody and bass lines. Since the Bogota native moved to New York in 1994 he's fashioned a stunning fusion of jazz and joropo music with the nimble support of drummer Dave Sillman and trombonist Marshall Gilkes.
Below is "Sabroson," a track from Entre Cuerdas, as well as video of a performance at New York's Jazz Standard from January 2009.
Nicole Mitchell photo: Peter Gannushkin/downtownmusic.net
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