Funk Makaya McCraven: In These Times, with opener Astralblak

Sponsored by 89.3 The Current

Makaya McCraven

McGuire Theater
1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403


World Premiere/Walker Commission

“McCraven, a Chicago-based drummer, producer and beat maker, has quietly become one of the best arguments for jazz’s vitality.” —New York Times

Bridging generations of adventurous music with his improvisational genius and ecstatic beatwork, drummer and bandleader Makaya McCraven performs a timely Walker co-commissioned musical suite—his most ambitious work to date. A “beat scientist” who has galvanized audiences and garnered critical acclaim across the globe while helping to introduce jazz and improvisation to the next generation, McCraven is joined by trumpeter Marquis Hill, guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise), bassist Junius Paul (Art Ensemble of Chicago), saxophonist Greg Ward, and harpist Brandee Younger (Moses Sumney). Music is community in this multimedia performance that includes a string section, vocalists, and a video collage made from archival footage of black activists and influential music innovators.

Twin Cities–based funk, soul, and hip-hop collective Astralblak opens, channeling the black experience through a new Minneapolis sound.

Presented in association with First Avenue.