Music Without Borders: An Evening With Charles Lloyd And Maria Farantouri

Wednesday, March 13th, 8 PM, Richardson Auditorium

Tenor saxophone titan Charles Lloyd has been hailed as one of the most restlessly inventive musicians in jazz history. Lloyd attained rock-star status in the mid-1960s with one of the all-time great quartets, featuring Keith Jarrett, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette. As the New York Times said, "Follow the career of Charles Lloyd, and you see a map of great jazz across half a century". His current quartet  - Jason Moran, piano; Reuben Rogers, bass; and Eric Harland, drums - was honored as the best acoustic group in 2011 by the Jazz Times Critics' Poll.

This Signature Series lecture was videotaped.

lloyd and farantouriRevered in her native Greece and throughout the world, Farantouri is the most famous living Greek singer. She was the legendary voice of resistance during the Greek military junta of the late 1960s, giving hope to millions through the banned protest songs of Mikis Theodorakis and earning widespread praise as the "soul of Greece". She has recorded and performed music by several Greek composers, but also by composers from George Gershwin to Lucio Dalla to Kurt Weill. Referred to as the "Joan Baez of the Mediterranean" (Le Monde), as “a gift from the gods of Olympus" (The Guardian), and as "a people's Callas" (The Daily Telegraph), she also is a well-known cultural and political activist.

Lloyd and Farantouri will be accompanied by Takis Farazis on piano, Eric Harland on drums, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Sokratis Sinopoulos on lyra. In addition to their performance, they will talk about the capacity of music for transformation.

The event is free, but tickets are required and will be distributed in accordance with the announced schedule.