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8 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 4, 2005

ARTS

Sax legend Blythe
graces A2jazz venue

By Lloyd Cargo
Daily Arts Writer

CONCERT PREVIEW
Arthur Blythe possesses one of the
most distinctive tones in jazz. His
alto sax attack is as large and legend-

Members of Piccolo Teatro di Milano in "Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters."
18th centry play done
for modern audiences

ary as the man,
who's world-
renowned for
gifts as a com-
poser and solo-
ist. His sound is
even more pow-
erful in person.
Tonight at the
Canterbury
House, Blythe

Arthur Blythe
with Nick Rosen
and Creative
Arts Orchestra
Tonight at 8:00 p.m.
At The Canterbury House
721 E. Huron St.

Yosef Dosik on alto saxophone, Music
junior Matt Endahl on piano and Music
senior Chad Hochberg on drums as
well as Music faculty members Prof.
Ed Sarath on flugelhorn and instructor
Mark Kirschenmann on trumpet. The
concert will conclude with Blythe join-
ing the Creative Arts Orchestra, a large
ensemble that plays completely free
improvisations.
Blythe was born in Los Angeles in
1940 and began playing the alto saxo-
phone at age nine. Influenced by Char-
lie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Thelonious
Monk and John Coltrane, Blythe devel-
oped a distinctive sound, trademarked
by his wide vibrato and forceful phras-
ing. In the '60s, Blythe joined up with
Horace Tapscott and the Pan African
Peoples Arkestra and made his debut
as "Black" Arthur Blythe on Tapscott's
1969 Flying Dutchman release, The
Giant Has Awakened.
In the '70s, Blythe's popular-
ity reached an apex when Columbia
signed him and began hyping him as
jazz's next big thing. Perhaps a little
too "out" for the masses, Columbia
preemptively dropped their public-
ity campaign and instead chose the
more marketable Wynton Marsalis to
replace Blythe.
Despite Columbia's lack of confi-
dence, Blythe's debut for the label,

Jazz saxophonist Arthur Blythe will perform with Creative Arts Orchestra
and bassist Nick Rosen at the Canterbury House tonight.

By Jeremy Davidson
Daily Arts Writer
FIN E ARTS PREVIEW
What can a 300-year-old story

teach us? Some-
times more than
you may think.
When Michael
Kondsiolka of the
University Musi-
cal Society invited
Piccolo Teatro di
Milano to come to
the University on
its college tour, he
created an oppor-
tunity for universi-
ty students to reach

Arlecchino,
Servant of
Two Masters
Friday and
Saturday
at 8 p.m. and
Sunday at 2 p.m.
$35-$45
At the
Lydia Mendelssohn
Theatre

out to a unique group of performers.
After being invited by the UMS over
a year ago, the theater company will
present Carlo Goldoni's "Arlecchino,
Servant of Two Masters," at the Lydia
Mendelssohn Theatre. Though Goldo-
ni's play was written in 1747, it empha-
sizes universal themes that relate to
contemporary life.
"The situations Goldoni describes
in his play are very simple and very
human and can be appreciated by
audiences in any era," said Ferruccio
Soleri, who stars as the production's
protagonist, Arlecchino.
Soleri, an acclaimed Italian actor
with 40 years of experience, has acted
in works by playwrights from Bre-
cht to Shakespeare, but he said that
this part has brought him the most
success. "Arlecchino also keeps me
young!" he added.

Eleonora Vasta, a spokeswoman
for the theater company, said that
while the play will use supertitles,
the company invites its audience to
use the titles as only one means of
comprehension.
"(We hope the audience will) allow
themselves to get carried away by the
rhythm and the gestures of the actors.
We are deeply convinced that their
skills will offer the ultimate key to
the understanding of the plot of Gold-
oni's 'Arlecchino,' " Vasta said.
The message of the play, according
to Soldoni, is that you can get through
any situation, no matter how compli-
cated, by being true to yourself and
relying on your own strengths with-
out compromising your ideals.
"(This is) something very diffi-
cult to do nowadays. I think that (the
character) Arlecchino would not sur-
vive in today's society. In fact, Arlec-
chino is the symbol of the human
capacity to invent and improvise
solutions to any problem when they
are approached with an open heart,"
Soldoni said.
The tour stops at many universities
at which members of the company
have an opportunity to speak with
students and coordinate educational
activities with the.performance.
"This particular tour for us is not
just about presenting the world-famous
production of Arlecchino, but also
about educating American audiences
about Commedia dell'Arte and Piccolo
Teatro di Milano," Soleri said.
Soleri will be available for a free art-
ist interview on Saturday at the Michi-
gan League before the performance.

will be accompanied by some of Ann
Arbor's finest musicians - the Uni-
versity's Creative Arts Orchestra and
a special guest, bassist Nick Rosen.
Blythe plans to begin the concert
by playing duets with Rosen, a student
at California Institute of the Arts. In
addition to being an excellent bassist,
Rosen is also the man responsible for
bringing back legendary bassist Henry
Grimes to the Los Angeles scene after
a 30-year absence.
Following the duets, Blythe will per-
form with a septet consisting of himself
and Rosen, as well as Music sophomore

Lennox Avenue Breakdown, was a
critical and commercial success. He
continued to showcase his talents as a
composer and as a leader through the
'80s, playing with jazz luminaries
such as James "Blood" Ulmer, Chico
Freeman, Cecil McBee and the Art
Ensemble of Chicago's Lester Bowie,
with whom he formed supergroup
The Leaders.
Most recently, Blythe has been tour-
ing North America and Europe with
the celebrated tuba player and long-
time collaborator Bob Stewart. He's

also been doing residencies in Germa-
ny and Paris.
Tonight's program, brought to Ann
Arbor by the University's Jazz and
Contemplative Studies program, is
a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to
catch a jazz legend considered one of
the best of his generation in an inti-
mate setting. It's a rare chance not
only to hear some of Blythe's own
compositions but also to experience
the astounding improvisatory chops
that continue to place him at the fore-
front of jazz.

'U' student plays Blind Pig as part of rap duo

By Andrew Kahn
Daily Arts Writer

LSA senior Alfred "Griot" Austin isn't just
a college student. He's also one half of rap duo
Lawless Element, who will
perform at The Blind Pig
on Saturday night. Griot Digable Planets
and producer/rapper Mag- with
nif's music has a distinctly Lawless
smooth, soulful sound, Element
which is reflected in their Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
recent debut Soundvision:
In Stereo. At The Blind Pig
Influenced by legend-
ary artists like Rakim, Nas and Slick Rick, Griot
has a style all his own. "We're just ourselves. The
marketing (of the group) is not too much different
from what I am day-to-day," Griot said. "A lot of
people put on a front and they pretend to be some-
thing that they're not, but we're just ourselves."
Griot recalled a solid support for local artists
here at the University. "It was a pretty good hip

hop scene (at the University)," he said. "A lot of
shows went on at the Underground, at the League,
where people came out and supported under-
ground music." As far as the college music atmo-
sphere in general, he added, "I think the college
campus is pretty accepting to underground music
because it's a place that's supposed to stimulate
your mind, so it would be kind of hypocritical
for you not to actually listen to music with a mes-
sage."
Griot is unhappy, however, with a growing
trend in rap: the overwhelming abundance of rap-
pers. Currently, there are "too many MCs, too
many artists," he said. "There are a lot of career
choices, but it seems like people pick up a micro-
phone because they think it's an easy way out, but
it's really not easy at all." This can make it even
more difficult for new artists like himself, since
many fans would rather be on stage than part of
the audience. "When you're performing for some-
one who wants to be doing what you're doing ...
They're not going to be so quick to clap."
The clear message and substance of Lawless
Element's songs, in addition to Griot's rhym-
ing and Magnif's production talents, make them

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exceptional compared to the Cristal-popping rap-
pers so prevalent today. "We don't try to imitate
what we see on TV. We try to make music with
real issues," Griot said.
And perhaps that is one of the reasons their
fanbase has expanded. "The music we make
is embraced by everybody - we don't get just
underground supporters ... We get mainstream
fans. When we make music, we don't really make
music specifically for an underground fan or a
mainstream fan. We just try to be ourselves as
much as possible," Griot said.
A Detroit native, Griot was also quick to add that
while he thinks highly of other local rap groups
like the socially conscious Slum Village, Lawless
Element's music is not the same. "Initially, a lot of
people probably don't listen to the music and throw
out a lot of comparisons. If you actually give it a
listen, you'll find it's not alike."
As for their upcoming Ann Arbor show, Griot
guarantees the audience will be entertained.
"They can expect to see a pretty intense live
show," he assured. "It's something we've been
working on for a long time. It's going to be an
excellent show. I promise."

The Department of Philosophy
The University of Michigan
announces
THE TANNER LECTURE ON HUMAN VALUES
2005-2006
MARSHALL SAHIJNS
Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Social Sciences
University of Chicago
Hierarchy, Equality and the Sublimation of Anarchy:
The Western illusion of Human Nature

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Friday, November 4, 2005 4:00 p.m.
Rackham Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington

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SYMPOSIUM ON THE TANNER LECTURE

MARSHALL SAHLNS
E. VALENTINE DANIEL
Professor of Anthropology
ColUm bia University
IAN MORRIS
Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics
Profcssor of History
Stanford University
PHILIP PETTIT
William Nelson CroIVwell Professor of Politics
Princeton University

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