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Ernest Dawkins - reeds
Ben LaMar Gay - trumpet, electronic sound manipulation
Makaya McCraven - drums
The Boglifier Project builds upon new compositions by Ernest Dawkins that engage the richness of urban rhyme and African American folk melodies, alongside live acoustic sound, electronic signal processing, looping, dance, creative improvisation. and the collective interplay and exploration of sound.
Ernest Dawkins is one of the world’s premiere saxophonists and composers aspiring for his music and compositions to reflect the evolving collective cultural memory of the American jazz aesthetic. He has created commissioned works for the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Sons d’Hiver Festival, Banliues Bleues Festival, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and the King Arts Complex of Columbus Ohio. Dawkins is an active member in the Chicago arts community and is former Chairman of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Dawkins has worked with a myriad of music greats including: Ramsey Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Willie Pickens, Malachi Favors, Henry Threadgill, Amina Claudine Myers, Anthony Braxton, Jack McDuff, Don Moye, Jerry Butler, and The Dells.