Date(s) - 06/10/2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
City of Refuge UCC
- Spoken Word
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$10 COVER or $15 with CD
- 7PM Trouble Ensemble – CD Release Performance of In the Water!
Inspired by the lyrics “Wade in the water, God’s gonna trouble the water,” the musicians of the avant-gospel Trouble Ensemble enter into musical conversation that creates, listens to, reveres and questions, the melody, rhythm and text derived from spirituals, (and other songs they inspired). We revel in enjoying, discovering and making trouble.
Our first album “In the Water” is released this month! Come celebrate, and be among the first to own one of the only avant-gospel albums ever made.
Trouble Ensemble will perform a live set of arrangements by pianist and creator Andrew Jamieson. Collaborator Marvin K. White, a poet, artist, teacher, collaborator, preacher, cake baker, and Facebook Statustician, puts this vision into words in his spoken poetry during Trouble Ensemble performances, featuring the voices of Ernest Larkins, violinist Mia Bella D’Augelli, saxophonists Rent Romus and Joshua Marshall, guitarists Jakob Pek and Roger Kim, and percussionists Tim DeCillis and Jordan Glenn.
Support the finishing of the album: Trouble Ensemble – In the Water
Darnell Ishmel grew up singing, playing, and directing gospel music at his local church. After finishing his studies in Music and African American studies at the University of Michigan, he went on to make his professional debut with Cincinnati Opera. Hailed by the New York Times for his, “show-stealing” stage presence, “rich baritone, precise diction and superb comic timing” in his New York opera debut, he is a flexible vocalist and an innovative recitalist who constantly explores programming in an effort to enhance the recital tradition, attract new audiences, and preserve the art form. He is currently on staff as the Gospel Choir Director at Madonna University in Livonia, MI and Michigan State University Community Music School in Detroit, MI and is the Assistant Conductor of the Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale in Ann Arbor, MI. This season, he makes on stage appearances with Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina. He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
CPIII is a performance artist who uses sound, dance, photography, and videography to raise awareness, demand social justice, and cultivate self-love.