Doudou N'Diaye Rose (Dakar - sabar drums), polyrhythmic symphony musician und master percussionist from Dakar Archie Shepp (New York/Paris - saxophone), legendary expressionist from the Coltrane school with a solid blues background Jean-Paul Bourelly (New York/Berlin - guitar, voc.), guitarist, singer, composer and artistic director of Congo Square and Abdourahmane Diop (Dakar/Berlin - percussion), Santi Debriano (New York - bass) and guests.
This concert will bring together three main pillars relevant to the consciousness of Afro-American improvisational music. Roots, experimentation and transformation.The Doudou Ndiayes innovations in African rhythmic ochestration merges with saxophone great Archie Shepps expressive improvisations and Bourellys visionary guitar. These converging influences will act as forces for the first session of transformation. Although many musics call themselves jazz , very often what is not revealed is the power of transformation that makes the music relevant. The software that runs the music. Outer- cultural influences are essential as they act as agents to this transformation. This formula has propelled each new movement in jazz history. Historically it was the African American blue-print of improvisation and rhythm mixing Native American and European influences to producing early forms of jazz. This time we are looking at the Sengaleses drum masters influence driven once again by the African American blue-print of improvisation and rhythm.