Wadada Leo Smith and The Golden Quartet

Wadada Leo Smith and The Golden Quartet

Saturday, November 13, 2010, 7:30 pm


  • Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Vijay Iyer, piano
  • Pheeroan akLaff, drums
  • John Lindberg, bass

560 Trinity Building at Washington University

Golden Quartet is an ensemble of master composers / performers, whose experimental practice utilizes the quartet form, which is the purest foundation of musical expression in jazz / creative music and western music culture. As multi-instrumentalists they are concerned with a practice and research that involves an array of complex systemic forms, where the musical languages of compositional / improvisational / ankhrasmation are merged seamlessly in their interactive development in the quartet and are manifested in the performance dimension as a single music language. Golden Quartet’s music is fiery, explosive, and surges with a positive improvised energy force that’s constructed with polycentric melodic / sonic / rhythm units. The ensemble’s textural and structural materials reveal a musical terrain that is creatively rich and architecturally clear in form.
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