Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Patricia Nicholson Parker is an acclaimed New York poet, dancer, and choreographer. She is also the founder and director of the non-profit organization Arts for Art and the Vision Festival, which fosters multidisciplinary experimentation among some of the world's leading avant jazz musicians, dancers, poets, and visual artists. Ms. Nicholson has received the “Producer of the Year” award from the Jazz Journalists Association on three occasions (2003, 2007, and 2008).

William Parker is an improviser, composer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays the bass, shakuhachi, double reeds, tuba, donson ngoni, and guembri. Over the past four decades, Parker has performed with a veritable who’s who of jazz and creative music including Cecil Taylor, Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Milford Graves, Charles Gayle, and many others. According to the Boston Globe, “William Parker has emerged as the most important leader of the current avant-garde scene in jazz." Similarly, a recent review in UK’s Jazzwize magazine described William as "a monumental pillar of the global free jazz community."

They will speak about their work and their thoughts on jazz and improvisation.

Co-sponsored by the Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology and the School for Studies in Art and Culture.

William Parker will also give a masterclass on Friday afternoon at Carleton University.

Patricia Nicholson and William Parker will perform with percussionist Jesse Stewart on Thursday evening at the Carleton University Art Gallery. William Parker will perform with Stewart and with baritone saxophonist David Mott on Friday evening at GigSpace.

Room A720
7th floor, Loeb Building, Tower A
Carleton University
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