5:30pm, RECEPTION & PROGRAM: $80 INDIVIDUAL | $150 COUPLE; PROGRAM ONLY: $25 ADVANCE | $30 DOOR
Edward Wilkerson Jr. - reeds and didgeridoo
Tatsu Aoki - bass
Michael Zerang - drums and percussion
Edward Wilkerson Jr. is one of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene. He has been a major presence in Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), teaching composition at the organization's music school and serving for a time as AACM president. Wilkerson’s best-documented ensemble as a leader is 8 Bold Souls, an octet he formed in 1985. As a working band, and since their formation, they have released four CDs: 8 Bold Souls, Sideshow, Ant Farm, and Last Option. In addition to his work with 8 Bold Souls, Shadow Vignettes, and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Wilkerson has played with the AACM Big Band, Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, the Temptations, Chico Freeman, Geri Allen, Muhal Richard Abrams, Aretha Franklin, and George Lewis.
Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, and educator, as well as a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki is one of the most recorded artists in the Chicago music scene, working in a wide range of musical genres from jazz to traditional Japanese music. He has produced and appears in more than 90 recording projects and over 30 experimental films, and performs both nationally and internationally.
Michael Zerang has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. He has performed as part of the Alternating Currents Live on many occasions including concerts with Mats Gustafson, Jaap Blonk, Joelle Leandre, Douglas Ewart, Hamid Drake, and many others.