John Tchicai’s Six Points – “Ascension Unending” @ The Vision Festival
Saturday, June 5th, 9:15 – 10:00 pm. Abrons Art Center (Main Stage) , 466 Grand St. NYC.
Six Points: John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Alex Weiss, Rosi Hertlein, Dmitry Ishenko, Ches Smith
The ensemble paints wonderful inner landscapes, plays compositions by the group members and improvises solo’s, duo’s, trio’s etc. and continues the way of music communication initiated by John Coltrane on his momentous Ascension recordings.
John Tchicai’s Six Points is a collaborative ensemble consisting of the following six sensible musical personalities: Saxophonist/singer John Tchicai, and with sounds ready for Victoriaville and elsewhere, guitarist Garrison Fewell, along with the bass is “the base” bassist Dmitry Ishenko, totally in tune with herself violinist/singer Rosie Hertlein, exquisite drummer Ches Smith, and he who always knows when and where to place the next tone, fabulous saxophonist Alex Weiss
By approaching jazz from a wide scope, Afro-Danish-American John Tchicai has been continuously progressive throughout his life. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1936, of a Danish mother and a Congolese father and growing up in healthy surroundings, John Martin Tchicai became a leading exponent of the jazz avant-garde in New York in the ’60s recording w/ John Coltrane on the 1965 Impulse lp, “Ascension” and a father-figure for the European avant-garde after that. Now based in Davis, California, and Claira, France, by a single-mindedness of purpose and action, his work still reflects what he’s always been doing, which is innovate and inspires other people, in a most refreshing way. The Danish ministry of Culture recognized his work by awarding him a lifetime grant.