Howl! Arts Collective presents an evening of contemporary jazz at La Sala Rosa this Thursday September 15th, as part of the Howl! Concert Series. Howl! III will showcase celebrated New York-based solo musicians Matthew Shipp on piano and Matana Roberts on saxophone, with Montreal sound poet and author Kaie Kellough; “three unforgettable artists representing the beautiful arc of jazz culture, live artistic meditations framed by both the liberation roots and contemporary artistic exploration in jazz.”
According to Howlarts.net, “the Howl! Arts Collective is a Montreal-based collective of cultural workers, artists and activists working for social justice via artistic expression.” The Howl Concert Series is an offspring of this collective; born last year into a frigid December night, it featured three local artists on cello, oud and piano. Created with the purpose of celebrating Montreal’s incredibly diverse and independent arts community, the Concert Series also aims to bridge connections between the arts community and the important social justice work being done in Montreal and beyond.
Renowned jazz musician Matthew Shipp has been involved in the New York jazz scene since 1984. Deemed as “one of the leading lights of a new generation of jazz giants,” he has crafted himself an amazing career. He’s been a sideman in the David S. Ware quartet and Roscoe Mitchell’s Note Factory, has recorded numerous solo albums and is currently the curator and director of the label Thirsty Ear’s “Blues Series.”
Matana Roberts is a “saxophonist/multidisciplinary sound conceptualist” who is internationally recognized and celebrated for her alternative and experimental music and improvisation. Howlarts.net calls Roberts “a striking saxophone player” who is “celebrated globally for work that builds on and challenges traditional Jazz language while incorporating a multitude of sounds into a sonic landscape that are uniquely beautiful.”