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The NOW 40th Anniversary Presentation: George Lewis’ Shadowgraph5 Marathon
Sat, 29 April 2017, 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM PDT
The NOW Society is excited to begin celebrating their 40th year by presenting a marathon performance of Dr. George E. Lewis’ composition Shadowgraph 5. The piece will be presented in a continuous four-hour stream of music performed by eleven ensembles with connections to the NOW Society’s past and present, including:
Talking Pictures, Freedman/Muller/Reed/Van der Schyff, Merge Ensemble, Unity, The Nikki Carter Trio, The NOW Ensemble, MuseArt, Sandbox, Paul Plimley Trio, The Sawdust Collectors Ensemble and The NOW Improv Workshop Group.
Originally recorded by Muhal Richard Abrams with Anthony Davis, Douglas Ewart, Leroy Jenkins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell and Abdul Wadud in 1978, Shadowgraph 5 was composed in 1977, the same year the NOW Society began. American composer George Lewis and his composition have a long history with NOW, with the piece being recorded in 1999 by the George Lewis & The Now Orchestra and later released as George Lewis and the NOW Orchestra: The Shadowgraph Series by spool records.