With this duo, the interdisciplinary French artist Clotilde and the acclaimed American pianist and keyboardist Chris McCarthy deepen their collaboration. Opening with manouche-gypsy jazz by Christy Bennett’s Fumée Duo.
Inspired by the Beat Generation poets Chris and Clotilde create a repertoire of rageous yet ecstatic original pieces in French and English, infused with the writings of idiosyncratic Beat Generation poet Diane di Prima. With this repertoire, they explore her identity crisis born out of poverty, of rebellion, of being a woman, of standing on the outside of the culture, of making bold choices in a more constraining world. “FREE them / FREE yourself / Help to FREE me / FREE us / DANCE” – Diane di Prima – Revolutionary Letter 49.
Pieces of a Song has been made possible through the Jazz & New Music, a program of FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Line up : Clotilde (vocal, flute) // Chris McCarthy (piano, prophet).
Fulton Street Collective 1821 West Hubbard Street, #suite 307, Chicago 60612
(Admission to the concert is included when registering for the entire Connexion conference.)