Interdisciplinary musician and Rebuild artist-in-resident Mikel Patrick Avery presents PARADE, a short film documenting “this crazy parade” he led at the 2015 Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Based on a new composition written in response to stories from the neighborhood around the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative on Chicago’s south side, Avery created a piece that started as a musical parade through the streets of Hyde Park, culminating in a stage performance at the Festival.
Established as a jazz drummer, Avery is commonly recognized for his orchestral and melodic style of drumming that often involves the use of unconventional “non-musical” objects. He is also a dedicated composer, photographer, producer and educator. In recent years, Mikel has become an integral voice in varying ensembles including; Rob Mazurek’s Moon Cycles, Joshua Abrams’ Natural Information Society, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and Theaster Gates’ Black Monks of Mississippi as well as leading several of his own projects including; 1/2 Size Piano Trio, Rats+Star, and Mikel Patrick Avery PLAY. Mikel has had the privilege to perform at some of the world’s greatest outlets including at Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Documenta 13 (in Kassel Germany), Kepler Studio (Berlin), Guelph Jazz Festival, White Cube (London), MCA Chicago and a performance for President Barack Obama.
PARADE was developed in conjunction with the Hyde Park Jazz Festival’s Story Share Project and Rebuild Foundation, with support from the Chicago Community Trust.