*(as of 01/09/2003)


KAHIL EL’ZABAR (drums, percussion as we have yet to experience

SAXYs, flutes, clarinets, etc





PRIMERIDIAN Jamie Roundtree
Tamara Madison Shaw
Susana Sandoval

Robert Irving III - keys
Kahil El’zabar – drums
Frank Orrall – electronics, etc



The JUBA collective Story, In the Producer's Words

JUBA is first a feeling. It is an aspiration to be free. In JUBA we express our hearts and our minds through dance, music, art, fashion, spoken word, and song. The philosophy of JUBA reaches beyond the boundaries of genres, gender, generations, and/or race. JUBA strives to make the connection as well as the communication across various styles of art and life. We believe that the flow is within the groove and the spaces in between. It is a twenty-first century vision informed by that which has come before it. This energy is called Ancient to the future, a power stronger than itself. In the way JUBA came to me, it came to others before me. It is a spirit force that inspires a sense of belonging. JUBA has a special kind of rooted-ness that allows one to explore the infinite rhythms in life.

The traditional West African dance of JUBA was brought to the Americas in slavery times. It was employed by various tribal groups to escape the horrors of slavery momentarily through creative expression. Folk would dance JUBA and sing and play the night away. They were striving to release their spirits beyond the ignorance and brutality of slavery into a state of exaltation. JUBA is for feeling good and spreading the love. When JUBA came to me, I then realized that I had to do the same. We have created an acronym from the letters in the spelling of JUBA: Joined Universal Breath Ascending.

We believe that Joined Universal Breath Ascending represents an openness, and acceptance to infinite possibilities of communication through the arts. The vehicle through which we have been blessed to perform this ritual is the JUBA Collective. It is an enormously diverse group of talented artists in various fields. While hanging out on a variety of scenes, I eventually hooked up with all the members of JUBA at either jazz clubs, dance clubs, poetry readings and slams, art galleries as well as in dramatic theaters, and dance recitals. I have always loved hanging out with artists and people in general. So I thought why not put together an ensemble that expresses all of that love. For two years we created JUBA events at a variety of venues around Chicago. This became a new artistic statement and social atmosphere. It was the beginning of JUBA.

The artists in the collective are, first and foremost, incredible human beings. On top of that, they are all extraordinary artists with enormous skills and passion. I asked all of them to help me create the JUBA Collective because I respect the vision each has. Ari Brown, Bobby Irving, and Fareed Haque are all important jazz musicians and they along with myself have played with some of the greatest musicians who have ever lived. I'm talking about giants like Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner, Joe Zawinal, Archie Shepp, Lester Bowie, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Ammons, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and so on, you dig? Frank Orrall has been highly successful in mixing various popular music styles as leader of Poi Dog Pondering and 8FATFAT8. The primeridian, tree and simeon, are two of the most innovative mcs on the planet. They are a force to be reckoned with on the international underground hiphop scene. Both Tamara Love and Susana Sandoval write and recite from their very souls. These divas must be dealt with; they cannot be refused. Lastly, our visual artist DZINE is an incredible performer in his medium. His use of color and design is indeed something to behold.

THE OVERALL CONCEPT OF THE PROJECT EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF DANCE AND GROOVE IN CREATIVE MUSIC. Dance music can incorporate many styles and approaches to creative expression and improvisation. The elders tell me that bebop in the beginning was as much a dance music as it was a so-called listening music. The people were open to all the innovative complexity the music that Diz, Bird, Monk, & more created. It was appreciated as much for the thought of the music as it was for the groove. Creativity is about being open to the possibility. We in JUBA have been fortuitously informed by our past and are looking forward to the endless possibilities in our future. That is why we say Ancient to the future, a power stronger than itself. -- Kahil El' Zabar, March 2002

Artist Biographies
Kahil El' Zabar, Chicago, IL
El' Zabar believes that art comes from living and that only through living can your art be meaningful. Throughout a 30-year career in the arts he has earned critical acclaim in an impressive variety of artistic disciplines including musician, bandleader, composer/arranger for the stage and major motion pictures, author, educator and music festival curator.

He has been playing music since childhood, fortunate from the beginning to be surrounded by stellar musicians. His father Cliff Blackburn (known as Big Cliff) and his uncle Leroi "Candy" Finch were both excellent drummers. They shared their knowledge and feeling for swinging with Kahil. In his teens, he was playing with masters like Gene Ammons, Eddie Harris, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sonny Stitt, and Malachi Favors and studied African dance and drumming with his accomplished cousin Darlene Blackburn's dance troupe. He became a member of the first Afro-American African music society, The Sundrummer Institute, as well as a member of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). At the age of 19, he ventured to Ghana West Africa on an exchange program from Lake Forest College for a year that expanded his global imagery and his vision for an eclectic cultural mix. From then until now he has been traveling throughout the world performing and simultaneously studying various cultures.

El' Zabar has had the honor and privilege of performing with some of the greatest musicians and composers in the world in a variety of musical styles including jazz, R&B, gospel and rock. In addition to those mentioned above, he has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Paul Simon, Cannonball Adderly, David Murray, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Nona Hendrix, Jesse Dixon, Rev. Mitlon Bronson Choir, Olatunji, Chief Bey, Nina Simone, and Kurt Elling.

As a composer/arranger, he scored the arrangements for Disney's acclaimed Broadway version of "The Lion King," and has scored such films such as "Mo' Money" (Columbia), "How You Like Me Now" (Universal), "Love Jones" (NewLine Cinema), and "The Last Set" (Independent). He leads historically significant bands such as the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and the Ritual Trio. As an educator he was an associate professor of inter-disciplinary arts at both the University of Nebraska/Lincoln and the University of Illinois/Chicago.

El' Zabar has written two books, Mistaken Brilliance (Third World Press) and Portraits of the Other Music (Press) and has more than 30 recordings under his own name as well as being on hundreds by other music greats.

He is the founder of the "Underground Jazzfest," the "Blacklight Film Fest," creator and founder of the Steppenwolf Theater's "Traffic" series, former member of Pres. Clinton's "Task Force on Arts Presenting and Education" and is the former chairman of the AACM. He has won first place twice in the last decade on Downbeat Magazine's International Critics' Poll for percussion and has been considered one of the best in his field for many years.

JUBA Collective is Kahil's latest collaborative project. He is very excited about the music and the new opportunities it presents. The accumulative experience of El' Zabar and the other prestigious members of JUBA set the dawn for new ideas and a fresh horizon.

Frank Orrall, Chicago, IL
Producer, electronic and acoustic musician. Founding member and principal writer for the groups "8 fat fat 8" (electronic & live house music), "poi dog pondering" (pop) and "palm fabric orchestra" (open music). As a member of "JUBA collective," Opah provides creative samples, synth textures and tough electronic drum beats - all via a live set up of samplers (mpc3000's), mixers and various synthesizers.

Fareed Haque, Chicago, IL
Guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque enjoys a career that spans the spectrum of musical styles. Moving easily between jazz and classical guitar, Fareed's versatility has created a demand for him with prominent jazz and classical artists including Paquito D'Rivera, Cassandra Wilson, Kurt Elling, Lester Bowie, Arturo Sandoval, Nigel Kennedy, Edgar Meyer, Bob James, Dave Holland, Sting, Javon Jackson, Joe Henderson, Joe Zawinul, Kahil el Zabar, Defunckt, and Ramsey Lewis.

Haque has been featured on WTTW's ArtBeat, Ben Sidran's New Visions, Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn on NBC, his own Lonesome Pines Special for PBS, and on BET cable jazz channel. Fareed has twice been selected Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Downbeat magazine.

Born in 1963 to Pakistani father and Chilean mother, extensive travels, especially long stays in Spain, France, Iran, Pakistan and Chile, exposed Haque to different musics from a very early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Fareed's music. The 1981 Recipient of North Texas State University's Jazz Guitar Scholarship, Haque spent a year studying with renowned jazz guitarist and pedagogue Jack Peterson. Fareed's growing interest in the classical guitar led him to transfer to Northwestern University, where he completed his studies in classical guitar under David Buch, John Holmquist and Anne Waller.

As a classical guitarist, Fareed has performed as soloist and accompanist with Nigel Kennedy, Robert Conant, Edgar Meyer, Stephen Stubbs, Frank Bungarten, members of the Vermeer Quartet and many symphony orchestras in the U.S. and abroad. He is an active transcriber of baroque as well as South American music and has had numerous modern works dedicated to him.

Ari Brown, Chicago, IL
Ari Brown is a composer, arranger and educator whose principle instrument is the saxophone. He performs at Urban Gateways and Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He has performed with many music greats including: Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, The Ritual Trio, Lou Rawls, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Elvin Jones, Andrew White, Della Reese, Billy Eckstein. Mr. Brown has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Chicago premier of the Anthony Davis opera, "Malcom X". He has also performed a clarinet solo on the score in Universal Studio's motion picture, "The Babe." He has toured all over the world including Japan, Europe, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore. He received his BA of Music Education from Vandercook College of Music, and has made numerous recordings.

Robert Irving III, Chicago, IL
Robert Irving, III, a.k.a. "Baabe" (pronounced like Bobby), is best known for his five year tenure as Musical Director, Producer, and Keyboardist for the legendary trumpeter Miles Davis. Baabe, as he is known by his peers, has produced three Grammy Award nominated albums: two for Miles, "Decoy" and "You're Under Arrest" and one entitled "Real Life Story", the Polygram debut for drummer, Terri Lyne Carrington. Baabe has produced recordings with Sting, Carlos Santana, Dianne Reeves, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Gerald Albright, Grover Washington, Patrice Rushen, John Scofield, David Murray and numerous other world-class musicians. Baabe also produced the Susan Osborn, Nippon Music Award winning CD, "Wabi" released in Japan on NEC Avenue.

As a composer, keyboardist, and arranger, Irving contributed to three Ramsey Lewis albums, "Three Piece Suite," "Live at the Savoy," and "Chance Encounters" and has also contributed to numerous other projects and live performances with artists such as: David Murray, Oliver Lake, Billy Joel, Oscar Brown Jr., Michael Brecker, Marcus Miller, Wallace Roney, Buster Williams, Phil Upchurch, Darryl Jones, Victor Bailey, Pharaoh Sanders, Fred White (Earth Wind & Fire) Phil Perry, Marilyn Mazure, harpist, Markus Klinko, Ray Parker Jr. and was the musical director for Sister Sledge. Baabe is featured on the recent CD release, "Dark Star" with the David Murray Octafunk group on Profile Records which rose to #1 on the billboard jazz charts). Baabe's work can be heard on 22 CDs.

Irving has composed and produced four film/television scores. They are "Street Smart" for Cannon Films, directed by Jerry Shatsberg, featuring Christopher Reeve and Morgan Freeman, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Prisoners," starring Yaphett Koto for MCA/Universal Studios, directed by Drew Merish, and a short subject film entitled, "David and Michael at the Beach" by director, Martin Hudson. Baabe's most recent score is for a feature length film entitled "Scenes For The Soul," a trilogy directed by George Tilman (Soul Food) for Menagerie Films.

David Murray and Baabe conducted extensive music workshops in Paris, France, Dakar Senegal and Martinique, West Indies. A recording project in Dakar yielded the CD "Fo Duek Review", released last spring on Justin Records/Enja Records with three compositions by Irving.

Baabe currently tours with Warner Bros. recording artist, trumpeter, Wallace Roney in support of the latter's new CD "Village" on which Irving is a guest musician/arranger on five tracks along with Chick Corea, Gerri Allen, Lenny White and Pharaoh Sanders. In Chicago he leads his own groups "School of Cool" and is founder and director of the sixteen piece, "African Arts Ensemble".

As a visual artist Baabe has been painting since April 1997 and has exhibited at the Hot House Club/Exhibition Center in downtown Chicago, The African Festival of the Arts and exhibits, on-going, at his beach side "Spirit Art" Studio and at the Corridor Gallery in New York. His group "Visual Music" debuted in September 1998 as a group of performing visual artists.

The primeridian featuring tree and simeon, Chicago, IL
the primeridian, a hip hop based, power duo consisting of Jaime Roundtree (tree tha scarecrow) and Simeon Viltz (See-Me-On) hail from the eclectic, historical music scene of Chicago. With musical influences from blues and R&B, to house and acid jazz, the primeridian fuses these influences into a soulful, jazzy, acid-funk sound independent of musical genres and classifications pushing hip hop to new levels of exposure, experimentation and expression. With thought-provoking lyrics, a touch of humor, skilled production/musicianship and years of explosive live performances, the primeridian takes a stage by storm with energy, emotion, and experience moving crowds of diverse audiences (young and old), various musical preferences and tastes. "I'll meet you in Greenwich" is a compilation of their original works from 1995 to the present. Writing, producing and performing, both artists bring a unique background and culture to the primeridian's music. tree is a native of Chicago's west-side, working class community submerged in the socioeconomic trials of urban life. Beyond the simplicity of simple rhyme schemes in everyday hip hop, tree has a passion for language continually researching ways to communicate his rhymes in a manner that is innovative and genuine. An old soul griot*, he intricately weaves words into poetic lyrics skillfully revealing the tales of the city and the struggles of Generation X. "My goal is to relay a perspective of life through musical poetry that will appeal to all open minds. Using words and sounds I want to take the audience to an experience that is new and honest," he affirms. tree thus maintains Chicago's down home country feel but keeps the "gritty edge." On the other end of the spectrum, See-Me-On, a native of Chicago's southeast Hyde Park area, represents "the soul" of the primeridian. Born to a family of gospel and jazz artists, See-Me-On was "raised in music." His work centers on the search for self and growth of character amidst the mayhem of urban madness. With metaphysical imagery and cultural history, See-Me-On takes the audience on a soul filled "mental ride." "I encourage the audience to read between the lines and not just look at the face value of things. I want to lead them to a space of original thought... with spirituality that is collective in essence but objectively different," states See-Me-On.

Like the prime meridian on the earth, connecting east to west at 0 degrees where the sun shines brightest, See-Me-On and tree connect the hard energy of east coast realities to the frolicking fantasies of the west coast to create a "new flow" as the hip hop industry matures into its 30's. Unlike the quintessential thug or the submerged underground artist, the primeridian's "I'll meet you in Greenwich" represents the growth of hip-hop. From "b-boys on the street" to "grown men with responsibility", they address harsh, contemporary themes with positive inspiration for the youth raw with refined experience.

Disciplined, educated artists who work extensively with youth, both tree and See-me-On have studied and performed with numerous artists of various genres. They have opened for a number of performers including the legendary Run-DMC, Redman, Common Sense, and many others. They have also performed and worked with internationally renowned recording artists and musicians from France. Recently returning from a residency tour in Europe, the primeridian has also written, produced and performed for JUBA Collective (executively produced by Kahil El'Zabar).

Tamara Madison-Shaw, Chicago, IL/Atlanta, GA
Tamara Madison-Shaw is a poet, writer, performer and "melodic word vocalist" who began her professional career in Chicago. Her works have appeared in The Lucid Stone, The African American Literature Forum, Catalyst Magazine, Portland Review, KOLA, Seattle Poets and Photographers and Sisterfire (HarperCollins), an anthology of contemporary African American women writers. Her first collection of poetry, Sistuh's Sermon on the Mount, was published by Open Hand Publishing, 1993.

Madison-Shaw has received several awards for her writing and performance work including a Regional Initiative Grant funded by the NEA, Rockefeller and Warhol Foundations. Committed to the development of art and expression, she works frequently as an artist-in-residence with various schools, community organizations and correctional facilities. She is currently roster artist for the following agencies: City of Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs Arts in Education Program; Fulton County Arts Council School Arts Program; Seattle Arts and Lectures Writers in the Schools Program; and Powerful Schools.

Madison-Shaw is currently completing a new solo volume of written work with companion CD.

Susana Sandoval, Chicago, IL
Susana Sandoval is a spoken word artist, poet, writer, and arts educator. Her poetry can be heard on Africa N'Da Blues (Delmark Records) with Kahil El' Zabar's Ritual Trio and special guest Pharoah Sanders as well as the self-titled JUBA Collective (Premonition Records/Blue Note.) Her book Con Fuego En Los Labios (Sana). Her work is forthcoming in Cantos del Sexto Sol (Wings Press), the first of the triology of anthologies. She is currently working on DVD project of her work that will showcase her collaborations with spoken word and visual arts.

As an arts educator, she is a consultant to the Board of Education in Chicago regarding initiatives in language learning/reading strategies and development. She is also literary arts consultant to the annual Edward James Olmos Book Fair and Family Festival nationally. She has worked with various arts institutions such as the Chicago's Children's Museum and the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Hyde Park Arts Center, and the Guild Complex, Chicago's award winning literary arts center as an artist-in-residence.

Dzine, Chicago, IL
Born and raised in Chicago, Dzine began his art career painting on the street at the young age of sixteen. First inspired by the New York graffiti movement he discovered his passion for art and his desire to be an artist. His creations quickly distinguished themselves from other street art, taking on a level of complexity that revealed the technique and vision of a burgeoning artist. His work became favorites of Chicago's early hip hop scene in the late eighties and early nineties which he and others were helping to shape. His work during this period would eventually help establish him as one of few Chicago painters to travel and exhibit internationally.

In his early twenties, his murals and installation work appeared on the streets, galleries and cultural institutions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Africa. The wall format indirectly equipped Dzine with an understanding of textural surfaces, materials, image layering and fast instinctive techniques - tools that would later become valuable in the studio setting. He began educating himself about the work of masters and contemporary artists alike but found himself unmistakingly drawn to the work of the abstract expressionists and minimalists. Recontextualizing the tools of his street work (spray paint, marker, etc.), his early work contained the vernacular of the street, but has moved further and further away from form based imagery, into the world of unrecognizable abstractions.

Through his father's love of Salsa music and introduction to early House music by his brother, Dzine began to fuse the energy of his paintings with a wide range of music from Hector Lavoe, DJ Premier to Steven Reich. His work has become increasingly obsessive, dealing with themes of sound, color, lines, poetry, and identity. A good example of this body of work was the release of "Bossa Tres... Jazz, when Japan meets Europe" last year from internationally renowned French record label Yellow Productions. It is a collection of electronic music and painting that contains a collaboration of djs, producers and musicians from Japan, London, Germany, Brazil, the U.S and France. The double album featured original paintings created for each track by interpreting its sound and music. The paintings were then reproduced into a full color catalog that accompanied both the CD and vinyl of music as well as an interactive CD-rom where you can experience each painting with the corresponding track from the album. The musicians and paintings were toured in Europe and Asia and to critical acclaim.

Recently his select collaborative performance paintings have consisted of live painting and installations with JUBA Collective (Kahil El Zabar, Ari Brown, Frank Orrall), Djs - Chari Chari (Japan), Dixon (Berlin) and Dj Cam (Paris). He is currently working on solo exhibitions and installations scheduled for Galerie Valerie Cueto (Paris, April 2002), Monique Meloche Gallery (Chicago, October 2002), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, September 2002) and on tour with the JUBA collective in Munich, Vienna and Frankfurt throughout the year of 2002.


Some events of Juba Collective and other events related some how or another


JUBA COLLECTIVE                                        
Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 29

  All events free except for September 21 and 28 concerts, $12


JUBA Collective:

Kahil El ‘Zabar – JUBA founder/percussionist/composer

Dzine – JUBA co-founder/painter/sculptor

Ari Brown – reeds great

Robert “Baabe” Irving – keyboard legend/producer

Fareed Haque – guitar virtuoso

Frank Orrall – DJ/producer  (Poi Dog Pondering, 8 fat fat 8)

Primeridian – jazzcore hip-hop duo featuring Tree and Simeon

Tamara Madison-Shaw and Susan Sandoval – poets/vocalists


“JUBA is first a feeling…an inspiration to be free…to make the connection across various styles of art and life.  We believe that the flow is within the groove and the spaces in between.” – Kahil El ‘Zabar, leader of JUBA Collective


Some of Chicago’s finest artists unite for this unprecedented exploration of the dance and groove in creative music.  JUBA Collective’s pulse is a cross-pollination of jazz, house, hip-hop, R&B, funk, and Latin sounds combined with forceful spoken word and visual arts. The members are multi-generational and creative in a wide range of media, resulting in distinctive music steeped in uncommon synergy.   This innovative approach is captured on JUBA’s debut recording released on Premonition Records in May 2002, Chicago Jazz Meets Chicago House: A Portrait In Nu Jazz.


Making their Chicago performance debut at the MCA, the JUBA Collective also has the distinction of being the first group of MCA artists-in-residency who are representative of this many different mediums, generations, and backgrounds.  In celebration of their truly collaborative approach, the MCA presents a month-long schedule of public programs with JUBA members including a wall project, an open rehearsal, a student workshop, lectures, concerts, and open jam sessions.


As a founder of JUBA Collective, Kahil El ‘Zabar further cements his recognition in the musical community as an arts innovator. El ‘Zabar has been a multi-disciplinary  creator, a writer, collaborator, composer, educator, curator, and instrumentalist throughout his thirty-year career,  and in all instances it is the continuum of life that inspires him to produce.  El ‘Zabar is a recognized leader in the Chicago avant-garde and has evolved into a master instrumentalist of African sounds in conga drums and  kalimba.  In April 2002 El ‘Zabar was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as “Artist of the Year.” 


Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 29

Dzine Wall Project

Saturday, September 7, 4 pm

Opening Reception

This visual installation by Dzine is created directly on the MCA’s walls, and reflects recent projects, including his 2002 collaboration with Judy Ledgerwood.  Dzine, co-founder of Aerosoul Crew, presently works out of his studios in Chicago and Paris.  The opening reception features music by Paris-based DJ and Palais de Tokyo curator Jerome Sans.


Tuesday, September 10, 6 pm

Dzine and Barry Blinderman Discussion

Having won national acclaim for his works, Dzine holds a conversation about the development of graffiti and mural art and its relationship to parallel developments in club and electronic music.  Barry Blinderman, director and curator of Illinois State University Galleries, joins Dzine in leading this discussion.


Saturday, September 14, 3 pm

JUBA Jam Chicago Style

Invited musicians and artists join members of JUBA Collective in a cross-genre jam.


Saturday, September 21, 8 pm (A World Music Festival Chicago: 2002 concert)

Omar Sosa Octet (Cuba/Venezuela/Morocco)

JUBA Quartet

Pianist Omar Sosa’s rowdy blend of Afro and acid jazz fused with the pulse of Havana produces a sound that is both rooted in the influences of his predecessors, yet completely forward looking in style.  His new octet is drenched in free improvisational jazz, Oakland-based rap, and Arabic vocals.  This double bill also features the JUBA Quartet in a multi-generational exploration of African roots in music and popular culture.  The JUBA Quartet is comprised of JUBA leader Kahil El ‘Zabar, guitarist Fareed Haque, reedist Ari Brown, and keyboardist Robert “Baabe” Irving.


Sunday, September 22, 2 pm

World Music Festival JUBA Jam

Held at Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1400 N. Humboldt Blvd.

This one-of-a-kind event, hosted in conjunction with the World Music Festival, features musical encounters between members of JUBA and Festival supergroups Yerba Buena and Truco & Zaperoko.


Tuesday, September 24, 5 pm

JUBA Collective Open Rehearsal

Tuesday, September 24, 6 pm

Kahil El ‘Zabar Lecture

This evening gives audiences a preview of the dynamic and inspired sounds created by the full JUBA Collective.  Following the open rehearsal, founder and leader of JUBA Collective Kahil El ‘Zabar takes audiences through a verbal history of jazz in Chicago. 


Saturday, September 28, 9 pm (a World Music Festival Chicago: 2002 concert)

JUBA Collective

Held at Park West, 322 W. Armitage

Building upon the diverse background of its members, JUBA Collective culminates its month-long MCA residency with this concert.  As a cross-genre multigenerational Chicago collective, JUBA explores the dance and groove in music, spoken word, and visual art.  The evening spotlights the full JUBA Collective, with planned appearances by special guest DJs and international World Music Festival performers.




The citywide World Music Festival features two weeks of music from cultures across the globe.  Presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events in association with the MCA, Old Town School, and HotHouse/CIPEX.  For a complete World Music Festival schedule call the Festival hotline at 312-742-1938 or visit www.cityofchicago.org/WorldMusic.

        Saturday, September 21 – Saturday September 28

   Tickets $12 except September 22, free 

The MCA joins the fourth annual citywide World Music Festival Chicago: 2002 and spotlights collaborations through music with JUBA Collective.  All events are at the MCA unless otherwise noted. 


Saturday, September 21, 8 pm

Omar Sosa Octet (Cuba/Venezuela/Morocco)

JUBA Quartet (U.S.)

For complete concert information, please see above listing under JUBA Collective.


Sunday, September 22, 2 pm

World Music Festival JUBA Jam

Held at Humboldt Park Boathouse, 1400 N. Humboldt Blvd.

For complete concert information, please see above listing under JUBA Collective.


Wednesday, September 25, 8 pm

Ensemble Al-Kindi (France/Syria)

This concert showcases the music and dance of the whirling dervishes of Damascus as well as other traditional Arabic styles.


Thursday, September 26, 8 pm

Anouar Brahem Trio (Tunisia)

Kurdish Ensemble Alandan

The preeminent oud master Anouar Brahem returns the oud instrument to its celebrated place as the “Sultan of the takht” (traditional Arabic orchestra), changing the way that listeners hear the music of his homeland.  Brahem’s “exquisitely nuanced…serpentine improvisations” (The Other Stream) create melodies that span Baghdad to Andalusia.  Jaunty clarinet and percussion performers round out this unique trio. Kurdish Ensemble Alandan, who reside in the European Diaspora, perform the exuberant and emotive music of Kurdistan.  Celebrating the history of their culture, their music features dynamic lute, percussion, and vocal performances. 


Friday, September 27, 8 pm

Fra Fra Sound (Suriname/Holland)

Douglas Ewart Clarinet Choir (U. S.)

The inventive septet, Fra Fra Sound, is creating the jazz of tomorrow by blending powerful Afro-Caribbean and Latin rhythms with American hardbop, blues, and gospel.  Rounding out the double bill for the evening is the virtuoso, composer, and inventor Douglas Ewart and his ensemble featuring Mwata Bowden, J. D. Perron, and other fearless reedsmen.


Saturday, September 28, 9 pm

JUBA Collective  (U. S.)

Held at Park West at 322 W. Armitage

For complete concert information, please see above listing under JUBA Collective.




Co-presented by MCA and Asian American Jazz Festival                                    

   Thursday, October 24 – Saturday, October 26

              Tickets $18/MCA members $14

Featuring new music that is steeped in Asian traditions, these concerts fuse together a variety of musical mediums from free jazz and big band to electronic.  Additional performances are held on Sunday, October 27 at Hothouse.  For further concert information, please contact the MCA box office at 312-397-4010 or visit www.asianimprov.com.


Thursday, October 24, 8 pm

Wu Man and Tatsu Aoki

This opening night celebration features Silk Road Ensemble pipa virtuoso, Wu Man, and the bassist Tatsu Aoki, founder of Asian American Jazz Festival in Chicago. 


Friday, October 25, 8 pm

Jon Jang and David Murray

Tatsu Aoki/Robbie Hunsinger/Joseph Jarman Trio

Presented in association with the Jazz Institute of Chicago

This evening blends together the distinctive sounds of Asian American and African American jazz greats.  Acclaimed Chinese American composer/pianist Jon Jang joins celebrated saxophonist David Murray in concert.  Rounding out this double bill, bassist Tatsu Aoki joins woodwind artists Robbie Hunsinger and Joseph Jarman for an evening of improvised music. 


Saturday, October 26, 8 pm

Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Quintet

Otomo/Ensemble Noamnesia

Presented in association with Soundfield 2002

Otomo Yoshihide, one of Japan’s most acclaimed and influential electronic musicians, presents the U.S. debut of his new group, The New Jazz Quintet.  The Quintet performs original jazz compositions drawing upon Yoshihide's musical roots – the jazz of the 1950’s through 1970’s.   Contemporary music group Ensemble Noamnesia, founded by composer, bass clarinetist and artistic director Gene Coleman, also plays on this double bill.  Otomo is composing a new work for this Chicago-based new music group.




Trans-migrations:  Triumph of the Tragedy       

Saturday, February 1, 8 pm / Sunday, February 2, 4 pm

                                                                                                  Tickets $18/MCA members $14

Trans-migrations:  Triumph of the Tragedy traces the roots of music and dance through

the history of African peoples from Chicago and the industrial north, back to the rural south and through the middle passage to Africa.


This compelling dance/music work is being created in collaboration with Muntu’s artistic director Amaniyea Payne and composer and saxophonist Ernest Khabeer Dawkins.  The project culminates the MCA’s three-year stewardship of Dawkins’ Meet the Composer Resident activities in Chicago’s Englewood community. 


A First Night discussion with Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and Amaniyea Payne is held Saturday, February 1 immediately following the performance.

Ernest Dawkins’ residence with the Museum of Contemporary Art was made possible by Meet the Composer, Inc. and its New Residencies program.  Funding for New Residencies was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, with additional support for the National Endowment for the Arts and other generous supporters.  Additional support for the residency is generously provided by the Joyce Foundation.