Jazz drummer Mikel Patrick Avery is often recognized for his orchestral and melodic style of drumming that often involves the use of "non-musical" objects. He uses the name of his new group *PLAY* in two senses of the word: In one form, Avery constructs a stage play complete with props, objects, and dialogue. The other uses a child's idea of "playing" by using the stage as if it were a giant sandbox—moving around from object to object, instrument to instrument in a seemingly free manner. The intention of exploring these forms is to obscure the perception of the planned, and the improvised.
This program is presented in association with The Freedom Principle.