2019 Hyde Park Jazz Fest concerts
Amir ElSaffar’s Ahwaal featuring Ksawery Wójciński, Waclaw Zimpel, Lutosławski Quartet
Saturday September 28, 11 pm
Amir ElSaffar presents the Chicago premiere of Ahwaal, a program mixing different musical worlds and blurring intercultural borders.
Ahwaal, for string quartet, bass, clarinet, trumpet, santur, and voice, was commissioned by the Jazztopad Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, where the piece received its world premiere in November, 2018. Ahwaal, meaning "states of consciousness," is an important concept in Sufism, describing a human being's spiritual progression toward the divine. The states are said to arise and vanish quickly, as flashes of lightning. The various Ahwaal include joy/fear, ecstasy, intoxication, intimacy, eventually ending in the transcendence of ego-self. Intended as a reflection on these and other Ahwaal, the composition is meditative with repeating rhythmic cycles and a slow development. Each section is a kind of immersion. The music consists of composed and improvised elements, and drawing on the microtonal resonances of maqam [place], with a subtle nod to the late quartets of Beethoven.
Tickets are not required for this performance. All seating is general admission and first come, first served. Doors open at 10:30 pm.
Joey Brink presents Jazz on the Bells!
Sunday September 29, 1 pm
University carillonneur Joey Brink plays a solo concert on the bells of jazz standards (George Gershwin, John Coltrane, Paul Desmond) to new and contemporary works including Butterfly Chaos by Paul K. Takahashi (2018), Atmospheric by Alex Johnson (2019), and Geert D’hollander’s A Swinging Suite.
Both events are free and open to the public ($5 donation suggested). Presented by the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in artistic partnership with Rockefeller Chapel.