This page is devoted to the promotion of a perennial favorite:  DOUGLAS EWART
      
 (there are more links to his web sites at the end of this page)

And an annual favorite event, since attending in 2002:  CREPUSCULE

 

Please note 2003 Crepuscule information about Chicago, 5th of October,
then in Minneapolis, the 12th of October. Please pass this information.
We need as many peoples as we can get to be players and audience.
Peace and Art!
Douglas

 

In Chicago, ILLINOIS

4th Annual CREPUSCULE: A MULTI-Arts Community PERFORMANCE AT TWILIGHT

Where: Washington Park (North of the Seven Hills Area, I block east of King Drive at 56th)
When: Sunday, October 5, 2003 - 3:00 p.m.

The Chicago Jazz & Heritage Program, (a partnership between the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Park District) and composer, inventor and sculptor Douglas Ewart have joined creative forces again to present the third annual Chicago performance of Crepuscule.  Held on Sunday, October 5, 2003, in Washington Park at 3p.m., Crepuscule is an autumnal performance and celebration of community, creativity and the harvest of one's spirit. Presented in Chicago for the first time in 2000, Crepuscule will once again include a special ceremony that honors community elders, some of whom will be nominated by the participating park sites.  This performance of Crepuscule will also pay special tribute to educator and activist Timuel Black who celebrates his 85th birthday in December. The Fourth Annual Crepuscule will be dedicated to the spirit of musician/Griot Ameen Muhammad. This free event is part of the JazzCity series, presented by the Chicago Tribune. JazzCity is a citywide program that explores cultural connections in communities throughout Chicago.

Professional and amateur artists, cultural activists, youth and community residents will gather near the Seven Hills area of Washington Park at 3:00 p.m.  Each group or "pod" of performers then spreads out to designated locations within the park, performing within their pod and moving around to interact with others. Audience members are encouraged to move around the park to experience the music, theater, puppetry, or spoken words being performed by each pod during the two-hour performance. The final coda of Crepuscule takes place at twilight when all pods come together to perform as a community orchestra in a tribute to Timuel Black and other community elders.

Ewart, a past president of Chicago's AACM, is an internationally renowned musician and educator who has been fashioning his own instruments since he was a very young artist.  While initially motivated by economics, he has since heightened his craft to the level of fine art, exhibiting work at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art and other museums around the world. 

This year, the Jazz Institute of Chicago welcomes the support of Kraft Foods.  Amina Dickerson, Kraft's Director of Corporate Contributions, says that she appreciates what the Jazz Institute does, "to assure a place for the jazz tradition in our city's cultural landscape" and that Kraft is further pleased to be a part of " what is growing to be a marvelous multi-generational/multi-cultural event!"

Crepuscule (pronounced as kré pus skewl) is a Latin word meaning "active at twilight or dusk" and in this case, signifies the highly decorated and unusual looking percussion instruments Ewart constructs out of crutches, oars and skis that are no longer suitable for their original use. Also joining Ewart in this production will be many Chicago artists and performers, including musicians, dancers, spoken word, and puppeteers.    Ewart and other Crepuscule artists and performers will be conducting intensive instrument-making, performance, art, music and improvisation workshops for youth at Kennicott, Hamilton, Sherwood, West Pullman, Palmer, NTA, Trumbull and Washington Parks from September 15 - October 5. The results of the workshops will be showcased at the festival. Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to bring musical instruments, paper and paint, puppets, writings, or any other tools for creative expression.

For more information, please contact the Jazz Institute of Chicago at 312.427.1676.

The Chicago Jazz and Heritage Program is a program of the Chicago Park District and the Jazz Institute of Chicago. This program is supported in part by the Chicago Park District, the Jazz Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Tribune, The Woods Fund of Chicago, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Polk Bros. Foundation, Alphawood Foundation, a CityArts 2 grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, The Illinois Arts Council, a State agency, The National Endowment for the Arts and The Benjamin Rosenthal Foundation and Kraft Foods.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2003
Contact: Akhmiri (SEKHR-RA) At 612-722-4817 ext 23

IN Minneapolis, MINNESOTA
CREPUSCULE X: A TWILIGHT PERFORMANCE IN POWDERHORN PARK
FEATURING COMMUNITY ARTISTS, RESIDENTS & YOUTH
Location: Powderhorn Park 3400 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MINNESOTA
Date/Time: Sunday October 12, 2003.,Performance 5:00pm until dusk
Instrument-making workshops: Tuesday, October 7 & Wednesday, October 8th
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Sunday October 12 6pm. Playing workshop/Community Orchestra
Rehearsal: Saturday, October 11 -12:30pm
Featuring: Powderhorn resident artist/arranger/craftsman Douglas Ewart
& Community Orchestra Inventions
Admission: Free and open to the general public
Sponsored by: Powderhorn Park Neighborhood (ASSOCIATION'S ARTS)
Committee, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, Aarawak Productions,
COMPAS/McKnight Community Program and community artists.

Powderhorn resident musician and every-form artist, Douglas Ewart, and
Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association are gearing up for the tenth
annual production of Crepuscule X (pronounced cre'pus sckule) in Powderhorn
Park. Held on the second Sunday, the 12th of October 2003, this is the tenth
anniversary of Powderhorn Park's fall celebration of community, creativity, and
the harvest of one's spirit. Community artists, both professional and amateur,
cultural activists, youth from local families and schools, and community
residents gather at 5:00pm to begin a procession around Powderhorn's Park and
lake. Each group or "pod" of performers then spread out to designated locations
within the park, performing within their pod and moving around to "interact"
with others. Audience members are encouraged to move around the park to
experience the music, dance or martial arts or spoken words being performed by
each pod during the two-hour performance. The final coda of Crepuscule takes
place at twilight when all pods come together to perform as a Community
Orchestra, directed by "conductor, block party mix-master of time and space"
(Philadelphia Inquirer, June 9, 1997) Douglas Ewart.

Ewart, a past president of Chicago's AACCM, in an internationally renowned musician and educator has been fashioning his own instruments since he was a very young artist. While initially motivated by economics, he has since heightened his craft to the level of fine art. Exhibiting and playing work locally at Intermedia Arts as well at as the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art and other museums around the world. Douglas Ewart and his
partner Janis Lane Ewart have developed Crepuscule at Powderhorn is the oldest of these community gatherings but not the only one. It is linked to Crepuscule in Chicago - produced by Ewart, Chicago Park District and the Jazz Institute of Chicago for four years - and to Crepuscule in Philadelphia (1997 and 1999).

Crepuscule is a Latin word meaning "active at twilight or dusk" and in this case, signifies the highly decorated and unusual looking percussion instruments Ewart constructs out materials such as crutches, oars, or skis that are no longer suitable for their original use. Crepuscule always showcases Ewart's "crepuscular sticks" and those made by residents registered for Ewart's
instrument making workshops. This year's workshops will take place at Powderhorn Park the week before the Sunday Night Performance. Tuesday - claves, Wednesday - horns. Saturday afternoon Ewart will hold a Playing workshop/Public Rehearsal for the Community Orchestra.

Joining Ewart in the visioning and development of Crepuscule over the years have been a host of resident professional musicians, community activists and cultural workers, Performers and community residents wishing to participate in Crepuscule X workshops or pods should contact Powderhorn Park's .....Family & Youth Organizer Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra immediately at 612-722-4817. Those who are interested in participating in the performance are encouraged to bring musical instruments, paper and paint, puppets, writings, or any other tools for creative
expression.

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