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Rabble Without A Cause is a program devoted to the Avantgarde side of Jazz.
Hosted by: Bernard Stepien and David Broscoe
Airs: Every Wednesday from 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Coming up at 11:00 PM on March 29th, 2017:
Bernard Stepien presents: Roscoe Mitchell and the Transatlantic Orchestra : There is a fine line between composition and improvisation. Composer Arnold Schoenberg considered composition as slow improvisation already in 1933. But of course, most Jazz musicians consider improvisation as instant composition. Bach and Mozart were great improvisers and notated their works only so that other musicians could play them. Who is right? Probably the improvisers! Chicago legendary saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell who played an immense amount of concerts with the Art Ensemble of Chicago teamed up with Evan Parker, the Free Jazz musician who recorded 430 Lps or CDs making the music industry statisticians green of envy. The project consisted in rehearsing and playing concerts for a week under either Roscoe Mitchell or Evan Parker conducting this large big band and finally recording it all at ECM. Collective Blues laden or European abstract improvisations, it is all there mashed up with unforeseen results.

Rabble Without A Cause

Date Host Highlight On Demand
Mar. 29, 2017 Bernard Stepien Roscoe Mitchell and the Transatlantic Orchestra
Mar. 22, 2017 Bernard Stepien European Free Jazz stars improvise together
Mar. 15, 2017 Bernard Stepien the colossal work of British Mike Westbrook Free Big Band Music – Le Cortège
Mar. 8, 2017 Bernard Stepien Chicago Reed Quartet
Mar. 1, 2017 Bernard Stepien Swiss Irene Schweizer and Pierre Favre
Feb. 22, 2017 Bernard Stepien The Stretch Orchestra concert preview
Feb. 15, 2017 Bernard Stepien Montreal’s Impressionistic Free Jazz (Lauzier et al)

Rabble Without a Cause features:

  • Avant-garde Jazz
  • Live performances of local and international Musicians
  • The analysis of new currents thoughout the history of Jazz
  • Rabble Without A Cause is a program devoted to the Avantgarde side of Jazz. It features Jazz Avantgarde music of all times. Forexample, Louis Armstrong was an avangarde artist when he first played West End Blues in 1921 !

    Duke Ellington, the most intensive innovator of Jazz History has been a perpetual avantgardist creating sound textures, styles that were constantly sounding new. Jazz Avantgarde has exploded since the early '60 when a score of very creative musicians from John Coltrane to Charles Mingus to Cecil Taylor to Anthony Braxton and to a lots of canadian musicians including Peggy Lee.

    RWAC features programs with biographical details of musicians, analysis, interviews and live on air performances of local musicians such as Billy Robinson, Kenji Omae, John Geggie, Rody Ellias, Steve Groves, Petr Cancura, GleBop, Anna Williams, Dan Friedman, Peter Turner, Linsey Wellman, Mike Essoudry and more to come!