The Oliver Lake/Mary Redhouse Duo
Solos & Duos Series
Thursday, December 8, 2005Bezanson Recital Hall 8:00 pm
$10 general, $5 students
The Oliver Lake/Mary Redhouse Duo entwine the African-American and Native American experience through the multi-faceted talent of two master improvisers. The daughter of Diné (Navajo) cultural figure Rex Redhouse and his Filipino wife, Maria, Mary Redhouse's California upbringing was a mix of intertribal powwows and American pop. Her exploratory, "eco-spiritual" vocal style blends bird and animal calls, Native chants, jazz improvisation and a 5-octave range. "surely," writes Don Heckman in the LA Times, "Redhouse has one of the most remarkably versatile voices in any area of music." An accomplished saxophonist, poet, painter and performance artist, Oliver Lake has created chamber pieces for the Arditti and Flux String Quartets, arranged music for Lou Reed and A Tribe Called Quest, collaborated with poet Amiri Baraka, choreographers Ron Brown and Marlies Yearby and actress/author Anna Devere Smith. He is co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet and Trio 3 and leads his Steel Quartet and Big Band.