The Music of Alice Coltrane: a Tribute by David Fishkin and Righteous Aquarium with Strings

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The Music of Alice Coltrane: a Tribute by David Fishkin and Righteous Aquarium with Strings

Thu. April 5, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Underground Arts

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 21 and over

The Music of Alice Coltrane: a Tribute by David Fishkin and Righteous Aquarium with Strings
The Music of Alice Coltrane: a Tribute by David Fishkin and Righteous Aquarium with Strings
Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda was an pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer, and swamini. Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1937, her interest in music blossomed in early childhood. By the age of nine, she played organ during services at Mount Olive Baptist church. In the late 50's, she moved to Paris, where she had the opportunity to study classical music, and with pianist Bud Powell. In the early 60’s, she returned to Detroit, where she continued to play jazz with her own trio. During that time, she met John Coltrane; in 1965, they married, and in 1966, she joined John Coltrane's quartet and continued to play and record with the band until John’s death in 1967.
Alice’s interest in gospel, classical, and jazz music led to the creation of her own innovative style, and her talents grew to their fullest expression when she became a solo recording artist. Her proficiency on keyboard, organ, and harp was remarkable, and during this time, she matured as a composer. As a seeker of spiritual truth, she spent focused time in isolation — fasting, praying, and meditating. In 1970 she met a guru, Swami Satchidananda. She traveled to India, and as she devoted her life to spiritual exploration, she came to be known as Turiyasangitananda. Her interior journey inspired her transcendent 1970 album, Journey in Satchidananda; soon after, she recorded Universal Consciousness, which was remarkable for its orchestral strings, Indian textures, and Alice’s breathtaking harp and Wurlitzer organ playing. Her twenty recordings cover a time span from Monastic Trio (1968) to Translinear Light (2004).

David Fishkin is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and a member of West Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as many other diverse musical projects. In 2017, David formed the Righteous Aquarium ensemble in order to play a new, adventurous arrangement of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, which featured Bobby Zankel on alto saxophone. As a companion piece to that concert, David is thrilled to be exploring the music of Alice Coltrane. The sound of the Righteous Aquarium ensemble will be augmented with strings, and this lineup will include: Carlos Santiago and Owen Brown, Jr., violins; Veronica Jurkiewicz, viola; Rachel Icenogle, cello; Travis Woodson, guitar; Jesse Sparhawk, harp; Matt Engle, bass; and Francois Zayas, drums.
Venue Information:
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19108
http://undergroundarts.org/

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