Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Featuring Carla Bley

Concert Under The Stars

Wednesday June 28 @ 8:30pm - TekSavvy Main Stage, Confederation Park

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Featuring:
Carla Bley - conductor/piano
Steve Swallow - electric bass
Tony Malaby - tenor saxophone
Chris Cheek - tenor saxophone
Loren Stillman - alto saxophone
Michael Rodriguez - trumpet
Dave Smith - trumpet
Curtis Fowlkes - trombone
Vincent Chancey - French horn
Earl McIntyre - tuba
Steve Cardenas - guitar
Rodney Green - drums

In 1969, bassist Charlie Haden, responding to political turmoil, convened the Liberation Music Orchestra. As arranged by pianist/composer Carla Bley, the LMO enacted the riot at the previous year’s Democratic Convention, resolved with “We Shall Overcome.” Haden, who died in 2014, revived the Orchestra for recordings in ‘82, ’90 and 2004 with different stellar personnel but Bley always providing charts, and also released The Montreal Tapes from his 1989 festival stand. Time/Life, issued in 2016, posthumously features the bassist on two live tracks from ’04, and is suffused with his spirit, as the LMO’s ongoing concerts have been. The environment is central to its current repertoire, with one song titled “Silent Spring” after Rachel Carson’s classic study of pesticides, another dedicated to whales, and a gorgeous version of Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green.” Bley gives musicians from New York City’s top jazz ranks both personal liberty and group responsibilities, with awesome results.

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