Mar/09
Ampersand Concert Series: Miles Okazaki & RAJAS

Join WMBR and the List Visual Arts Center for Ampersand. Ampersand, a collaborative concert series that showcases contemporary music in Bartos Theater on MIT's campus.

Miles Okazaki is an American guitarist and composer - a Washington native in NYC since '97. As a sideman, Okazaki has recently worked with Steve Coleman, Jonathan Finlayson, Amir El Saffar, and many others. He will be accompanied by Swiss born saxophonist, composer, and educator Maria Grand. Recently she became the protegee of legendary musicians such as Steve Coleman, Billy Harper, Antoine Roney, and Von Freeman. Okazaki and Grand will present music arranged for duet, focusing on layered rhythms, melodic counterpoint, and improvisation within forms written for recent projects. Many of these compositions are modular in nature and will be used to build larger forms with elements that are introduced by the other musicians.

RAJAS brings together contemporary musicians from the Indian classical and jazz/creative music scenes in NYC and is led by Rajna Swaminathan. Through collectively improvised textures and rhythmically centered explorations, the musicians of RAJAS contemplate new possibilities for musical ideas and sensibilities at the nexus of multiple creative traditions.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door or in advance online at our website.