For the fifth and final night of Instigation Festival 2017, Steve Marquette (guitar) and dancer/writer Marie Casimir bring together some of the finest New Orleans and Chicago improvising musicians and movers.
For the latest collaboration of The Instigation Orchestra and the Djasporas, this evening, a completely improvised performance is twenty performers strong, with two large ensembles vividly bringing to life the ongoing exchange between their respective cities' unique contributions to music and movement—ancient to the future.
Special Thanks for The Instigation Festival 2017
Jeff Albert, Giana Chachere (The New Quorum), Rob Cambre (Anxious Sounds), Jason Van Ness (Instant Opus) Rene Broussard (Zeitgeist) Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Stephanie McKeaver (Junebug Productions), Brett Swinney, Paul Thibodeaux
Marie is a Haitian-American performer/writer interested in the straddling of multiple cultures, languages, and memories that exist within the body. She credits her participation in Sharon Bridgforth's Theatrical Jazz Institute in 2011 as the beginning of her regular art practice and her role as Chief in Bridgforth's River See. Marie has performed at Links Hall, Constellation, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Dance Union, and more. She is currently launching djaspora productions a new production company that bridges and celebrates the diverse human experience using arts and culture as a means to share, create, impact change and inspire others to act as global citizens in our own backyard and abroad.
"I make work through an Afro-Haitian lens and embrace the call and response of Nola to Chicago as a catalyst for improvisation. Making room for myself and others to bring all the versions of ourselves into the room is key. Together I hope we will dream, remember, collapse culture, time and space to create something new as others have done before us." —Marie Casimir
Guitarist, improviser and organiser Steve Marquette (b.1987) is an active member of Chicago's vibrant free jazz and improvised music communities. Marquette's primary Chicago projects are the acoustic string trio The Few with violinist / vocalist Macie Stewart and bassist Charlie Kirchen and Ken Vandermark’s Marker. The Few has toured the U.S and released their debut recording on Marquette's Two Cities record label in February 2017 and will tour the U.S and Europe in support of the record. In addition to his work in Chicago, he also collaborates extensively with musicians in New Orleans. To that end, Marquette started the large ensemble the Instigation Orchestra and helps organize the Instigation Festival in Chicago and New Orleans bringing together improvising musicians and movers for a week of collaboration.
"Helping foster greater activity between the Chicago and New Orleans music communities has been a central part of my work over the past five years. Bringing some of the finest musicians in Chicago - or anywhere for that matter - to New Orleans is the next step in this ongoing collaboration." —Steve Marquette