William Parker / Muhammad Ali Duo + Bobby Zankel
New Paths Festival
When Martin Luther King Jr. was a seminary student in nearby Chester, he attended a lecture at the First Unitarian Church on how Mohandas K. Gandhi integrated Henry David Thoreau's theory of non-violent civil disobedience that ultimately inspired King's non-violent protests for civil rights. William Parker and Muhammad Ali are two of the most important living Free Jazz musicians today, contributing to many seminal recordings by Albert Ayler, Noah Howard, Frank Wright, David S. Ware, and Cecil Taylor. Over four nights at the breathtaking Frank Furness designed First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, these musicians will perform music inspired by this story, inviting four Philadelphia heavyweights as guests: Dave Burrell, Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen, Bobby Zankel and Odean Pope.
Over these four nights, Parker will reveal his ANW-commissioned four-part suite, Flower In Stained Glass Window (for creative music ensemble and improvising trio), featuring an all-Philadelphian chamber ensemble, led by Keir Neuringer (alto saxophone), and featuring Veronica Jurkiewicz (violin), Ryan Frazier (trumpet), Mike Watson (bass clarinet), Larry Toft (trombone + baritone horn), Diane Monroe (violin), and Thomas Kraines (cello).
New Paths Festival has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
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