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Walker Cunningham Events

  • Wednesday February 8–Sunday April 9
  • 1:30 pm, 4 pm, 5:30 pm, and 8 pm
  • Free with gallery admission
  • Perlman Gallery

The gallery comes alive with movement and sound as dancers from the final Merce Cunningham Dance Company (MCDC)­­—Dylan Crossman, Silas Riener, Jamie Scott, Melissa Toogood—perform Events, Cunningham’s unique choreographic form made for performances in unconventional spaces. Arranged and staged by former MCDC dancer Andrea Weber, these 30-minute sequences drawn from four decades of Cunningham’s work…

Friday

Kneebody+Daedelus=Kneedelus

“A powerful fusion of abstract hip-hop and modern jazz, and at its highest points you can’t really even tell where Kneebody ends and Daedelus begins.”

—Pitchfork

  • Friday, March 24
  • 8 pm
  • $28 ($22.40 Walker members)
  • Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis

Kindred sonic explorers share a mind-melding evening of new sounds and inspired collaboration. Grammy-nominated quintet Kneebody delivers explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level chamber ensemble playing, and highly wrought compositions balanced with no-holds-barred improvising. LA’s deep electronic master Daedelus (Alfred Darlington) is an inventor, a creator of aural labyrinths combining…

April 5

Roomful of Teeth and Nick Zammuto: Self_one

“Experimentation may be this group’s calling card, but its essence is pure joy.”

—Boston Globe

  • Wednesday, April 5
  • 7:30 pm
  • $30 ($25 Walker members)
  • Aria, 105 N. First St., Minneapolis

Grammy Award–winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and sonic experimentalist Nick Zammuto (The Books), known for his “dexterous musicianship and catchy pop writing” (Pitchfork), assemble a custom-built vocal/sonic new commissioned work titled Self_one. The ensemble will also perform a diverse range of repertory pieces, including the Minnesota premiere of Partita for 8 Voices, group member Caroline Shaw…

May 5

Beth Gill

“It’s difficult to convey in words how Gill’s work is both crystalline and earthy, spare, yet complex.”

—ArtsJournal

  • Friday–Saturday, May 5–6
  • 8 pm
  • $22 ($17.60 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

Known for her exacting rigor and mesmerizing precision, Bessie Award–winner Beth Gill makes choreography that is spare yet playful, stark yet beautiful. In Brand New Sidewalk, Gill teams up with composer Jon Moniaci and lighting designer Thomas Dunn to create a sparse and elegant diptych born of questioning the value of formalism in dance. This evocative new piece for four dancers explores themes…

May 12

Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse

“With strains of Parker and Coltrane, Bartók, and the musics of the Middle East and China ... [Natal Eclipse’s performance] was something beautiful, indeed essential.”

—The Nation

  • Friday, May 12
  • 8 pm
  • $32 ($25.60 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

Composer/bandleader/saxophonist Steve Coleman, hailed as “one of the most rigorously conceptual thinkers in improvised music” (New York Times), heads a new hybrid chamber-jazz ensemble that explores the very foundations of group improvisation and spontaneous composition. Coleman’s eight-member all-star ensemble includes Matt Mitchell (piano), Greg Chudzik (bass), Roman Filiu (tenor saxophone), Rane Moore…

May 18

Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio)

“Adebimpe hasn’t lost his appreciation for the visual arts, or his drive to express himself in realms other than music.”

—Stereogum Digest

  • Thursday–Saturday, May 18–20
  • 8 pm
  • $30 ($25 Walker members)
  • McGuire Theater

Frontman and artistic ace of the eclectic indie rock band TV on the Radio, Tunde Adebimpe creates a universe of song, story, and animation. Conceived of as a hero’s narrative pushed through a psychedelic fever dream, the surreal A Warm Weather Ghost unravels and bewilders. Be captivated as a crew of guest musicians and vocalists, narration, and large-scale projected visual art and animation by…