William Parker / IN ORDER TO SURVIVE
at ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn
On July 13 & 14, 2017

....................................................................................................... photograph by Ken Weiss / Vision Festival 22

William Parker is a brilliant and indefatigable composer, leader, and defender of human rights at a fundamental level.
His In Order To Survive ensemble is one of the highest caliber jazz bands in the world today. These two nights (four sets) will provide an intimate audience with four of the giants of music that exist with us, still, today. These are summit meetings. Let's get these sets sold out and You and I be witness.

William Parker / IN ORDER TO SURVIVE
William Parker: bass, compositions
Cooper–Moore: piano   
Rob Brown: alto sax
Hamid Drake: drums

Thursday, July 13 & Friday, July 14
two sets per night:  7:30 & 9:00
=All New Music Each Set=
perhaps including material from the brand new album, Meditation / Resurrection.
[ post-note: was ALL new material that even AUM hadn't heard before.. whoa people; mighty, too! ]

$20 per set at door
$18 advance tickets now available here: 
* $15 for students & seniors at door with valid ID
** attendees of first set each night may attend second set, if there is room.

ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(Park Slope / Gowanus)

Click image to see/hear (on Vimeo) a tremendous a/v capture of an equally tremendous performance of
"Criminals in the White House", the ensemble here augmented by Lewis Barnes-trumpet & Steve Swell-trombone.

In the mid-90s, when William Parker took on the band leadership role that had long been urged on him by his fellow musicians, In Order To Survive was launched as his principal small ensemble. The inestimably gifted Cooper-Moore – Lifetime Achievement Honoree at the 2017 edition of the Vision Festival – was Parker's immediate choice as pianist.  Alto saxophonist Rob Brown – one of the all-time great improvisers on that horn – was likewise a foundation member. With occasional additional brass in the front line, and a succession of drummers, this group proceeded to consistently astonish audiences here in New York City, the West Coast, and in Europe. Four remarkable albums were released, on the labels Black Saint, Homestead, FMP; culminating with one of the defining recorded works of that decade in jazz forward, The Peach Orchard, on AUM Fidelity. 

At the very dawn of the new millennium, Parker changed things up, forming a new Quartet featuring his rhythm twin, the incomparable drummer Hamid Drake. Rob Brown remained an elemental fixture and trumpeter Lewis Barnes was brought on board. William Parker’s exceptional gift as a composer of indelible melodies and infectious rhythms had a brand new platform, and the group has ever since continued to write their own chapter in jazz history.  The Quartet's most recently released work, the monumental Wood Flute Songs box set, was universally acclaimed by fans & critics alike, achieving a 5-star "Masterpiece" review in DownBeat and chosen "#1 Archive Release of the Year" by The Wire. As was written in JazzTimes, "this captures one of jazz's greatest, most prolific and most versatile bandleaders at the height of his powers, demonstrating a stunning range of creativity with a superb cast of musicians."

In Order To Survive was first re-convened in June 2012, at AUM Fidelity's request, to perform at the label's 15th Anniversary Concert at Roulette, Brooklyn. The recording of that concert, featuring a wholly new suite of Parker compositions, was a part of the Wood Flute Songs box.

FINALLY – 2017: the year that marks this phenomenal group's return in full.  An appearance at Winter Jazz Fest in January was followed by a luminous set on Cooper-Moore's celebratory night at Vision Fest in May (in which they performed equally wonderful new compositions by the honoree!).  The brand new double-album, Meditation / Resurrection, featuring both In Order To Survive and the Quartet, was just released.

In Order To Survive have re-convened now because their music is needed more urgently than ever.

These Four Sets will feature different material each set (and yes, we'll be recording).

The only way forward for all is with true compassion for all.


See you at ShapeShifter!


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