Saxophonist Lewis Jordan began Music at Large in 1976, dedicated to interdisciplinary and multicultural productions, with presentations incorporating music, theater, dance, poetry and visual art. The genesis of the Music at Large is “the commitment to bringing people together by bridging arbitrary distinctions that have only served to divide us from ourselves, as well as serving to divide us from others.” This group, based in the San Francisco Bay area, brings together the music of three major soul food groups: Asian, African and Native American. And, in the process, new recipes are constantly unfolding.
Lewis Jordan (saxophone and vocal)
Sandi Poindexter (violin)
Karl Evangelista (guitar)
Erich Olen Hunt (bass)
Jimmy Biala (drums and percussion)
In his career, Jordan has focused on creative structures for improvisation, which has led to his work with artists from a range of disciplines. He has performed with dancers, poets, actors and musicians—including Brenda Wong Aoki, Anthony Braxton, Juan Ceballos, Scott Davis III, Lisle Ellis, Sara Felder, Danny Glover, Q.R. Hand, Mark Izu, Jon Jang, Kash Killion, Genny Lim, devorah major, James Newton…Donald Robinson, Ntozake Shange, Cecil Taylor and others, many presented in his Music At-Large series.
In 1976, Music at Large featured a performance that included dancers Adela Chu, Andrea Sherman and Yuki Shiroma at the Metropolitan Art Center in San Francisco. Also in that year, Jordan performed with the legendary alto saxophonist Russel Baba with the drummer Carl Hoffman the singer Jesse Foster. In 1977, Music at Large featured performances with bassist John Lindberg and drummer Rashid Bakr. In 1994, Music at Large produced “Language By Any Means Necessary,” in words and music, composed and improvised, featuring Charles Alston (voice), Q.R. Hand (poetry), Lewis Jordan on alto saxophone, Juan Ceballos (flute), Dhyani Dharma Mas (guitar), Lisle Ellis (acoustic bass), and Donald Robinson (drums). In 1999, Music at Large produced a four-part interdisciplinary series at the Noh Space in San Francisco: music with poetry, dance, drama and a performance mural, including Alejandro Murguía, Devorah Major, Genny Lim, Akinyele Sadiq, Joe Vance and Miranda Bergman. In 2000, under Music at Large featured were improvisers speaking on their work and performing: Miya Masaoka, India Cooke, Sara Shelton Mann, Genny Lim and Bob Ernst represented improvisation in the fields of music, dance, poetic and theatrical disciplines. Most recently, the focus of Music at Large has been a performing unit.