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Saxophonist, composer, and visual artist Oliver Lake will give a performance of his music and poetry, as well as show his recent artworks, on Tuesday, October 7, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., in the Music and Dance Building Recital Hall at Hampshire College. A discussion with Oliver will follow his performance. Admission is free and the public is welcome.
Lake was a founding member in 1968 of the Black Artist Group (BAG) of St. Louis, a collective group of African American artists whose work, along with the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) of Chicago, has had a paradigm-changing influence on music around the globe. In 1977, residing in New York City, he co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet with Julius Hemphill, David Murray, and Hamiet Bluiett, an ensemble that went on to international acclaim.
Lake is a recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work as a composer and collaborator is extensive and unique: He is celebrated for his compositions for jazz and classical orchestras; for work with Lou Reed, Me'shell Ndegeocello, and Bjork; for collaborations with Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, and Anna Devere Smith; and for his many small groups that embrace the full history of African American diasporic musical creativity and engagement.
Lake’s performance and discussion at Hampshire are partially funded by a grant given in honor of Dr. Yusef Lateef, the beloved artist and Five College professor who led Hampshire's improvisation ensemble for many years.
For more information, contact Professor Marty Ehrlich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake will also be a guest teacher with musical ensembles at Hampshire and Amherst Colleges on October 6 and 7 in the evenings. If you or your students have an interest in observing these rehearsals, please contact Professor Ehrlich.