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MCA Live: Mikel Patrick Avery, Play

Black and white portrait of Mikel Patrick Avery surrounded by recording equipment

Mikel Patrick Avery

Image courtesy of the artist


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.