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Emily M. Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The William Parker Quintet will perform at Bard College on Thursday, May 6. The performance, titled "Rocket to the Moon Has Just Injured the Rain God," is presented by Jazz at Bard and will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Bertelsmann Campus Center's multipurpose room. Admission is $15, free for Bard students.

Members of the William Parker Quintet are Rob Brown, alto sax; Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Hamid Drake, drums, frame drums, tablas; Parker, bass, gimbre, donson ngoni, double reeds, and shakuhachi flute; and Leena Conquest, vocals. They will be joined by cellist Shiau-Shu Yu, a Bard student.

William Parker has been called the "father to the followers of free jazz" by the New York Times and is considered "the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time," according to the Village Voice. With more than 100 recordings over the past three decades to his credit, Parker has been a driving force in keeping free jazz alive and vibrant for listeners.

Parker studied music with Richard Davis, Jimmy Garrison, Milt Hinton, Wilber Ware, and Art Davis and has played with Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon, Maxine Sullivan, Rashid Ali, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, David S. Ware, and Matthew Shipp; he has also performed with poets Allen Ginsberg, Miguel Pinero, Amiri Baraka, David Budbill, and Jayne Cortez. He is the creator and musical director of the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra and leads a quintet, quartet, and clarinet and violin trios. Recent recordings by Parker include Scrapbook, a violin trio with Billy Bang and Hamid Drake, 2003; The Blue Series, 2002; Raincoat in the River, with the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, 2002; and Raining on the Moon, a quartet with Leena Conquest, 2002; among others.

Organized by two Bard alumnae, Raissa St. Pierre '87 and Sheila Moloney '84, the Jazz at Bard series is an ongoing effort to bring internationally recognized jazz performers to the Hudson Valley.

For further information, to purchase tickets, or for reservations, call 845-758-7456, e-mail, or visit Reservations and advance ticket purchase are recommended.

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This event was last updated on 05-13-2004