Which Way is East: Homage to Master Billy Higgins
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- "One of jazz's magical associations ... the sort of symbiotic musical connection that happens too rarely." --L.A. Times
Lauded by fans and critics alike for the pristine beauty and infinite vision of his music, saxophonist Charles Lloyd has continually taken jazz to new vistas. Hailed by many as a father of the World Music movement, Lloyd has "come up with a strange and beautiful distillation of the American experience, part abandoned and wild, part immensely controlled and sophisticated," wrote The New York Times.
Widely regarded as the greatest tabla virtuoso of his generation, Zakir Hussain has established a reputation worldwide for consistently brilliant and exciting performances.
Three months before avant-garde drumming pioneer Billy Higgins' death in May of 2001, he and long-time friend Charles Lloyd spent a week recording together at Lloyd's home. This final intimate musical conversation is captured on the ECM Records CD, Which Way Is East and in a documentary film by Dorothy Darr called Home.
Combining video and live performance, this unique concert celebrates the life and spirit of Billy Higgins and demonstrates music's capacity for building bridges between cultures. The trio of Lloyd, Hussain and Eric Harland will be preceded by a screening of an excerpt from Home. They will then be joined by internationally acclaimed pianist Geri Allen, bassist Reuben Rogers, and special guests.