The Celestial Weather Midwest Duets tour had its grand finale performance in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Sunday, October 30. It was a very special performance to a highly responsive and diverse audience.
The performance space at Woodland Pattern offered us a terrific intimate setting to present our work in, and the presenter did a wonderful job with handling this event on all levels. The concert was recorded and subsequently broadcast on WMSE-FM.
Posted here is a performance photo, showing a certain perspective from within this great venue.
DownBeat Magazine was there to cover this event. Here is the link to their review of the concert:
This tour was an overwhelming success at every turn. In being part of Edgefest’s 20th anniversary edition in Ann Arbor, John participated in a free community outreach event at Encore Records on Tuesday, October 25 by performing as a special guest of the Detroit-based Malis/Daher Duo. On October 26, John and Wadada performed at the Kerrytown Concert House to a thunderous response. It was a total pleasure to contribute to Edgefest’s 20th anniversary celebration!
We then moved on to Chicago, where we had two stellar evenings at Constellation, on October 28 and 29. For these performances percussionist extraordinaire Mike Reed joined us as a special guest. His contribution added a unique layer of orchestration to the Celestial Weather music, and the musical journeys we took over the four sets we played there were utterly exhilarating for artists and audience alike.
What a wonderful project we were able to experience and share throughout a substantial swath of the Midwest!
Deep gratitude to all the presenters and the audiences (both live and over the air) who took part in this adventure and made this series of performances happen to the fullest!
Many thanks to New Music USA, sponsor Joe Walker, and all the other various supporters and contributors that have helped make this excellent project possible. It is fully appreciated!