Sophia Domancich, Harrison Bankhead, and Avreeayl Ra | Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Sophia Domancich, Harrison Bankhead, and Avreeayl Ra Recommended Member Picks Free All Ages Soundboard

When: Wed., Nov. 2, 8:45 p.m. 2011

Early in her jazz career, starting in the mid-80s, French pianist Sophia Domancich worked with figures from England's progressive-rock scene, collaborating with the likes of Elton Dean, John Greaves, and Hugh Hopper of Henry Cow and Pip Pyle of Hatfield & the North. You can hear that legacy on last year's Snakes and Ladders (Cristal), a song-oriented outing with vocals by Greaves and Robert Wyatt, with Domancich playing lots of Fender Rhodes. She's also a superb improviser, whether stretching out with the rhythm section of Hamid Drake and William Parker on 2009's Washed Away (Marge) or playing pithy, harmonically ambiguous compositions on Free 4 (Cristal), an outing that pairs her limber trio DAG with American saxophonist Dave Liebman. Based on what I've heard so far, she carefully adapts her approach according to context and collaborators, so I'm curious to hear what will happen here—she'll perform with a Chicago rhythm section consisting of bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Avreeayl Ra. —Peter Margasak Part of the Umbrella Music Festival.

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