http://www.aardvarkjazz.com MIT Killian Hall
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142
Music, Performing Arts
Called “stunningly beautiful” (New York City Jazz Record) and “one of the best jazz ensembles in the world” (Jazz Podium, Germany), The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra will continue its 45th season with a wide-ranging show of originals by music director Mark Harvey, including his latest piece Nowheresville. Also on tap: an updated version of his Swamp-a-Rama Suite, which was first performed on April 29, 2017, Day 100 of the Trump administration. The rollicking suite includes the Trumputin Tango, Fake News Blewz, and Perseverance Pavanne. The show will conclude with Harvey’s No Walls, inspired by Duke Ellington’s belief in moving beyond category in art and life, expressed in his pithy question: Did God Ever Make a Wall? The piece, written in 2007 as a tribute to Doctors Without Borders, continues to resonate today as Aardvark's anthem of inclusivity and hope.
The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1973, is one of the longest continuously operating large jazz ensembles in the world. The orchestra performs original compositions by Mark Harvey, as well as classics from the jazz tradition, American music, and world music. Aardvark has premiered more than 175 works and has released 14 CDs, including 8 discs on Leo Records. Guest artists have included luminaries Sheila Jordan, Jaki Byard, Jimmy Giuffre, Geri Allen, Dominique Eade, Matt Savage, and Walter Thompson. Aardvark has been called “brilliant” (CultureJazz.Fr), “spellbinding” (The Boston Globe), “captivating” (Jazz Improv), and “beyond category” (Downbeat).