JULY, 2O16



Matana Roberts:  I Call America art exhibit

June 26th – July 10th, 2016
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 26, 6-9pm, with performances by Daniel Marcellus Givens (electronics) and Roberto Carlos Lange (voice, audio card, computer)
Schedule of additional performances:
June 28 (Tue): Nate Wooley (trumpet), Leila Bordreuil (cello)
June 29 (Wed): Mary Halvorson (guitar), Jessica Pavone (viola), Ingrid Laubrock (saxophone)
June 30 (Thu): Mike Pride (drums), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Jaimie Branch (trumpet)
July 5 (Tue): Mendi & Keith Obadike (spoken word, electronics), Daniel Carter (saxophone)
July 6 (Wed): Fay Victor (vocals), Joe Morris (guitar)
* July 7 (Thu): Henry Grimes (bass, violin), Darius Jones (saxophone).


            Henry Grimes's photo.
Wall hanging by Matana Roberts


 Henry Grimes & Darius Jones, Fridman Gallery, July 7th, 2016

Fridman Gallery is pleased to present the first solo gallery exhibition by the renowned cross-discliplinary artist and experimental composer Matana Roberts. Roberts spent most of 2015 in a residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art, creating both visual work and musical compositions, responding to the Whitney’s new building and its inaugural exhibition, America is Hard to See. The residency culminated in a one-night installation and orchestral performance on December 31st, aptly titled “red, white and blues,” which questioned, in Roberts’s words, “the perplexities of what it means to be American in the twenty-first century.” The present exhibition offers an expanded version of the Whitney exploration. The visual work consists of several large-scale videos and tapestries, enwrapping the gallery in a kind of multi-media quilt.  In conjunction with the exhibition, a program of musical performances will offer some of New York City’s leading improvisers a chance to interpret Roberts’ work and share their own takes on the contemporary state of the American ideal.

Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St. betw. Hudson & Varick on the west and east, halfway betw. Houston & Canal on the north and south [10013], a couple of blocks north of the Holland Tunnel, C or E train to Spring St., or 20 bus to Hudson & Spring, 646-345-9831,,, (Iliya Fridman, director/ founder).

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S O M E   R E C E N T    E V E N T S    (the past 6 months)


Jan. 17th, 2016:  Matana Roberts, Kyp Malone, Henry Grimes, & Mike Pride, the Stone, NYC;

Jan. 18th (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day): Henry Grimes and Melanie Dyer in Arts for Art Evolving series (Justice, Compassion, Peace) Jan. 4th-24th at Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, NYC…

March 31st:  Henry Grimes & Lisa Sokolov, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, NYC (as above);

April 15th and April 21st, 2016: Henry Grimes w/ Thulani Davis & Cheryl Banks on the 15th, and w/ Nathaniel Mackey on the 21st, Cecil Taylor residency, Whitney Museum, NYC;

April 26th: Henry Grimes & Connie Crothers, Under_Line Salon, Arts for Art / Vision Festival fundraiser at David Gage’s luthier shop, including dinner, music, and conversation, NYC (Now that it’s taken place, you can see and hear this concert on YouTube; go to, or just enter the two musicians’ names in the search box to bring it up);

April 3Oth: Outsiders Creative and Improvised Music Festival on International Jazz Day, presented by Jamaaladeen Tacuma at the Philadelphia Clef Club, w/ Dave Burrell, Charlie Ellerbe, Justin Faulkner, Henry Grimes (born and raised in Philadelphia, now living in New York), Richard Hill, Raymond King, James Brandon Lewis, Jeff Monjack, Odean Pope, Heru Shabaka-Ra, Elliott Sharp Bobby Zankel, John Zorn, and many more; Henry’s group included Jamaaladeen Tacuma, James Brandon Lewis, and Justin Faulkner as the grand finale;

June 7th-12th, 2016: Arts for Art’s Vision Festival, Judson Memorial Church, NYC, Henry Grimes receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award on opening night, June 7th, 2016.  Henry led three groups of his own choosing:  a quartet w/ Geri Allen, Graham Haynes, himself, and Andrew Cyrille; a group of singers singing his poems, w/ Karma Mayet Johnson, Mixashawn (Lee Rozie), and Dwight Trible, music and arrangements by Lisa Sokolov, Henry Grimes playing bass and violin; and a sextet w/ Melanie Dyer, Henry Grimes, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Marc Ribot, Mixashawn (Lee Rozie), and Chad Taylor.  (NOTE: Henry played at Judson Memorial Church on 9/23/65 w/ Albert & Donald Ayler, Charles Tyler, Call Cobbs, Gary Peacock, & Sunny Murray, “Spirits Rejoice” session; and of course at last year’s Vision Festival.) …

… and more to follow!






T W O    M O R E    G R E A T    N E W
P E N D I N G    R E L E A S E S !

Roscoe Mitchell with Dave Burrell / Henry Grimes / Tani Tabbal, recorded in concert 2/17/11 at Roulette, NYC, label to be announced;

Henry Grimes and Wadada Leo Smith, recorded in concert in NYC at Zurcher Studio in 2O11 and at the Vision Festival in NYC in 2O12, label to be announced;

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