Listening Session: Arthur Jafa with Steve Coleman, Morgan Craft, Micah Gaugh, Melvin Gibbs, Jason Moran and Okwui Okpokwasili

The Magazine Restaurant

9 Sep 2017 - 8:00 PM

Listening Session: Arthur Jafa with Steve Coleman, Morgan Craft, Micah Gaugh, Melvin Gibbs, Jason Moran and Okwui Okpokwasili

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During the final weekend of his solo exhibition at Serpentine Sackler Gallery, A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions, acclaimed artist, filmmaker and cinematographer Arthur Jafa presents a Listening Session with Steve Coleman, Morgan Craft, Micah Gaugh, Melvin Gibbs, Jason Moran, Okwui Okpokwasili and Kokayi Carl Walker.

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During this Listening Session, a dismembered jazz ensemble will jam, performing separately and simultaneously as they are dispersed across London. Each musical act will perform alone, at sites throughout the city. Performing artist Okwui Okpokwasili will dance along to the discordant soundtrack as the musicians are live streamed to an audience who will gather at the Magazine Restaurant, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Music by Steve Coleman, Morgan Craft, Micah Gaugh, Melvin Gibbs, Jason Moran and Kokayi Carl Walker.

The Listening Session will be recorded direct-to-disc on The Vinyl Factory Lathe which will be installed in the gallery. A limited vinyl edition will subsequently be released by The Vinyl Factory and Serpentine Galleries.

Arthur Jafa’s exhibition will be open until 10pm during the event. 

Presented in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory. 

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Melvin Gibbs

Melvin Gibbs

Melvin Gibbs. Photograph by Michael Weintrob
Micah Gaugh

Micah Gaugh

Micah Gaugh. Image Courtesy of the Artist
Jason Moran

Jason Moran

Jason Moran. Photograph by Clay Patrick McBride
Okwui Okpokwasili

Okwui Okpokwasili

Okwui Okpokwasili, Photo by Peter Born
Steve Coleman

Steve Coleman

Photo courtesy of Steve Coleman