Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers

Epistrophy Arts, Nameless Sound, and New Quorum present Wadada Leo Smith's Ten Freedom Summers The first full production in the American South of Wadada Leo Smith’s major work on the American Civil Rights Movement

Ten Freedom Summers

The first full production in the American South of

Wadada Leo Smith’s

major work on the American Civil Rights Movement 

performed by

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet

and RedKoral String Quartet

with video images by Jesse Gilbert

presented in 3 parts in 3 cities

Audience is invited to travel to experience the full production

Thursday, October 12 2017

"Defining Moments in America"

in Austin, Texas

at Boyd Vance Theater at George Washington Carver Museum

Friday, October 13 2017

"What is Democracy?"

in Houston, Texas


3400 Main St, Houston, TX  77002


Saturday, October 14 2017

"Ten Freedom Summers"

in New Orleans, Louisiana

at Loyola University

Tickets to the Houston Concert:
General Admission | $10 Students | 18 and under FREE


was born in 1941 and grew up in segregated Mississippi and experienced
the conditions which made it imperative for an activist movement for
equality. I saw that stuff happening. Those are the moments that
triggered this. It was in that same environment that I had my first
dreams of becoming a composer and performer.”
– Wadada Leo Smith

“A staggering
achievement, with the dramatic sweep of the trumpeter’s writing (for
both a chamber orchestra and his own small group)… It merits comparison
to Coltrane’s A Love Supreme in sobriety and reach.”
— Francis Davis, Rhapsody Jazz Critics Poll

“Ten Freedom
Summers is his magnum opus; it belongs in jazz’s canonical lexicon with
Duke Ellington’s Black Brown & Beige and Max Roach’s Freedom Now
— Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"Five stars. Although there are many outstanding recordings in Smith's canon, it's hard to avoid calling this his masterpiece." — Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine

“A master at
uttering profound truths with bracing dissonance, stripped-down musical
gestures and striking contrasts of instrumental color, Smith presided
over music of searing expressive power. Even if you didn't know that
"Ten Freedom Summers" grapples with our nation's struggles over civil
rights, this music conveyed tremendous visceral and intellectual
- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“There are
ambitious works, and then there is trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten
Freedom Summers… The sound is never less than widescreen. You won’t
find any vamp sessions or alternating solos in Smith’s interpretation
of jazz – like the history he’s reprising, it only moves forward.”
— Otis Hart, NPR

"Ten Freedom Summers is one of my life's defining works."  – Wadada Leo Smith



The performance of Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet, presented in
collaboration with The New Quorum and Epistrophy Arts, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Oct 13, 2017
Ticket & Performance Information Pay what you can. Pay what you will. Call the box office if your preferred amount is not listed. 18 years and under get in for free, however ticket reservation is required. Seating is limited. Seating is general admission (open seating). The theater will open approximately 30 minutes before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee seating after the performance has begun. The estimated run time is two hours with an intermission. This concert is suitable for all ages. No outside food or drinks are allowed on the premise. All sales are final. No refunds. To reach the box office, call (713) 521-4533 or email boxoffice@matchouston.org. Venue: Matchbox 4
Pay what you can. Pay what you will. Call the MATCH box office if your preferred amount is not listed.Free
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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