On Saturday, July 31st from 5:30-7:30 p.m., musician/composer/educator/artist Bill Dixon
will be remembered with a memorial event at St. Mark's Church In The Bowery
on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Dixon, an innovator in the world of creative improvised music and inspiration to subsequent generations of trumpet players, died on June 16th at his home in North Bennington, Vermont after a two-year illness. He was 84 years old.
The public event will include a performance of Dixon's last composition by his Tapestries for Small Orchestra ensemble, which premiered the work at Dixon's final performance on May 22nd at the Festival International de Musique de Victoriaville (FIMAV). The group includes Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Graham Haynes (cornet), Stephen Haynes (trumpet), Rob Mazurek (cornet), Glynis Lomon (cello), Michael Côté (clarinet), Ken Filiano (bass) and Warren Smith (percussion).
In lieu of flowers or other donations, Dixon's estate asks that interested parties support the Bill Dixon Music Fund established in coordination with the Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT Music). The fund will subsidize a range of ongoing work centered on his legacy. Donations can be made online or by mailing a check, with Dixon Fund written in the memo line, to FONT Music at P.O. Box 769, 215 West 104th Street in New York, 10025.
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