Lisa Sokolov & Cooper–Moore
Lisa Sokolov: voice .&..Cooper–Moore: piano
Sunday, April 17
Admission: $20 .at the door
Stan’s Hat Flapping In The Wind is a collection of 19 new songs composed by William Parker, and performed by Lisa Sokolov & Cooper–Moore. The album will be released April 1, 2016 on Centering Records. The Manna House performance on April 17th will be the worldwide live premiere of this material.
William Parker is – among his many great talents – a master of evocative song-craft, as readily evidenced on Corn Meal Dance, and the very recently released Great Spirit, by his Raining On The Moon ensemble. The compositions collected on Stan's Hat.. are, as ever, illuminated with Parker’s devotion to compassion for all life. They touch on the possibility of peace and truth prevailing in the present.
Lisa Sokolov is a jazz vocalist, improviser and composer known for her pioneering range of tone, timbre and expression. Parker has worked with her for over 35 years in many situations. As he writes in the liner notes to this release, “Lisa is a master of music healing, interpretation and vocal creativity. I don’t know of any other singer who puts as much love and dedication into singing.” One of her own releases, “Presence”, received a 5-Star “Masterpiece” review in DownBeat, and their January 2010 issue cited the album as one of the Best CDs of the Decade. Sokolov is currently a full arts professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and is recognized in the music therapy world as an innovator in the applications of the voice to human potential.
Cooper–Moore is a rightfully acclaimed great in the realm of avant-garde jazz, though he has an incredibly rich history in all manner of performance. He, too, has worked with Parker for many decades, including within his supreme free-jazz group, In Order To Survive. He was also fully featured on Parker’s recent 3CD box set, For Those Who Are, Still. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, storyteller, instrument-builder and educator living in East Harlem, Cooper-Moore's approach to music goes beyond simple categorization. Though what he is working on now is informed by Creative Improvised Music and the jazz avant-garde, his ears are rooted in the Gospel, Blues and Bluegrass traditions from where he came, rural segregated Virginia.
Lisa Sokolov & Cooper-Moore have worked together prior to this project as well, although it is the first time that they have performed in the intimate voice & piano duo format.