Words and Music: Bonnie Barnett
Armed with a sonorous, agile contralto, plenty of extended techniques, and a fearless approach to free jazz improvisation, “extreme vocalist” Bonnie Barnett trades chops with consummate players Ken Filiano, on bass, and Anders Nilsson, on electric guitar.
In addition to Barnett’s intense, often otherworldly wordless improvisations, her program includes idiosyncratic settings of poems by Gertrude Stein, Gary Snyder and Federico García Lorca.
The evening begins with a tribute to the late Los Angeles poet Dottie Grossman, who, among other things, was known for signature “call and response” live performances with musicians. The opening set revisits this format, as visiting poet Elaine Terranova reads from Grossman’s poetry while trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, guitarist Tom McNalley and drummer Rich West volley back with improvised responses.
About the sponsor:
REDCAT is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.