2, place Victor Hugo - 94270 Le Kremlin-Bicêtre
SUBWAY : line 7, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre station. Venue is 500 feet near subway station.
BUS : lines 47, 131, 185, 323 - Le Kremlin-Bicêtre station
VALOUETTE : line 1 - Métro Le Kremlin-Bicêtre station / line 6 - Hôpital de Bicêtre station
ROAD : Go to Porte d'Italie, take Fontainebleau Avenue (RD7 road) for 0.4 mile, heading to Villejuif. Arriving close to subway station, turn right (Eugène Thomas Avenue), then 1st street on your left at the traffic light (Jean Monnet Street).
VELIB' : two parkings at 500 feet near venue
HEROES ARE GANG LEADERS "TRIBUTE TO AMIRI BARAKA"FIRST PERFORMANCE IN FRANCE
Last year, James Brandon Lewis opened the festival with William Parker's In Order To Survive. In the wake of the collective games with a strong democratic watch trend, Lewis returns with the diagonal poet Thomas Sayers Ellis. Together, they initiated Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a gathering of artists and other culture providers, determined to thwart popular resignation and heal the pain of conscience. To be stored on the same shelf as Sun Ra's Arkestra or the Wu Tang Clan, HAGL revisits this old habit of jam-session and pays tribute to a major figure in African-American culture: Amiri Baraka, writer, deceased in 2014 and implacable driving force of the Black Power movement.
AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE "ORIGAMI HARVEST"FIRST PERFORMANCE IN FRANCE
+ MIVOS QUARTET
OLIVIA DE PRATO - violon / LAUREN CAULEY - violon / VICTOR LOWRIE TAFOYA - alto / TYLER J. BORDEN - violoncelle
Origami Harvest has nothing to do with a Neil Young record’s cover folded in a Japanese style but much to do with the junction of a string quartet’s circular tensions, the metronomic lucidity of a jazz section and the vocal flexibility of a rapper. Traced as a tribute to the way "black men must bend to face failure", this fraternity stands perfectly upright under the copper of Ambrose Akinmusire's trumpet. From the foaming of the paternal record collection to the spotting by Steve Coleman and then the escapades at Kendrick Lamar's, the young trumpeter knows what it means to mix. The multiple motif and the alternative colour play, in his work, with fine paradoxes, virulent improvisation and definitively bypass the traps of prejudice.