ABBEY RADER: SPIRIT PERCUSSION

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SUBTROPICS XXIV
SFCA [isaw+subtropics] in collaboration with ArtCenter/South Florida
presents

Abbey Rader: Spirit Percussion

THU JUL 13, 2017 | 9PM

Audiotheque
ArtCenter/South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, 201
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Abbey Radar is an improvising drummer, with roots equally formed within the history of jazz, himself a prominent voice in the idiom since the 1960s, and spirituality, a practitioner of martial arts since 1963 and Buddhism since 1975.

Hearing John Coltrane perform live left him irrevocably touched, a witness to the spiritual power of improvisation. He distances himself from labels such as free jazz, energy music, avant-garde, et al., because for him improvisation is as close to the spirit as possible, a means to purify oneself and bring people to a higher level, thus a practice distanced from such contemporary cultural neologism.

For this event, Rader will bring a drum set and several metal and wooden percussion instruments, and as he says, he will “play things as they come to me”, because “everything is in flux.”

And after a half set of solo playing, Rader has announced a surprise appearance by two special guests, saxophonist John McMinn and doublebassist Kyle Motl.

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Subtropics XXIV is possible with support from City of Miami Beach’s Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council; with additional support from Miami-Dade County, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and by the Blank Family Foundation. SFCA [isaw+subtropics.org] would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Sennheiser, leaders in superior sound technology. Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) supports Subtropics XXIV through the Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE).