concerts jazz Bleu indigo

Bleu indigo Concert 2010 © musée du quai Branly, photo Cyril Zannettacci
Blue Indigo Concert 2010 © musée du quai Branly, photograph Cyril Zannettacci

All of the concerts offered as part of the third season of Blue Indigo have Afro-Futurism as their theme. Initially employed in 1994 by Mark Dery to designate a particular turn taken by Afro-American culture and above all musical culture, relating to modern utopias and technologies, this concept contained a doubt and a wish: what if the African reference framework was less to be interpreted as a label of ancestrality than an indication of what is to come, to be viewed as what will take place, in other words, in the future?

A breach of sounds and meaning first opened by an exceptional guitarist and a rapper (Jeff Parker & Beans), then connected with the real and imaginary life of society among the Afro-Americans from the Deep South to Up North (Gerald Cleaver's Uncle June) or woven around the cosmogony of Sun Ra (Myth-Science Assembly) and musical reinterpretations of the works and visions of Frantz Fanon ( Nasheet Waits’ Tarbaby) or Eduardo Galeano (Myra Meford & Snowy Egret), then finally improvised around the four elements and all of the materials translated into music (Memorize the Sky)... none of the artistic projects proposed for this third season of Blue Indigo is restricted to an identity trapped in the past or in history.


useful information

  • Six concerts between September 2012 and June 2013
  • Claude Lévi-Strauss theater
  • prices: 15 €/10 €, free to Museum members, prior reservation is required
  • extra: tickets give access to the Museum's Main Collection space on the day of the concert

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Gerald Cleaver / Uncle June

Uncle June © Scott Friedlander
Uncle June © Scott Friedlander


Saturday November 24th 2012, 6.00 pm

Through the tutelary figure of Uncle June, his rise and fall, the drummer Gerald Cleaver – one of the most appreciated drummers in the worlds of American and European traditional and avant-garde jazz – celebrates "meta-memory", the clear conscience of the audacious future of an entire population. He salutes the Afro-American community's perseverance and faculties for creative adaptation, particularly during the Great Migration from the rural south to the urban north. His elite group (Tony Mallaby, Craig Taborn, Matt Maneri…) thus propose a combination of the practices and values associated with these different ways of life and how they present the meaning of the world, admitting even the necessity of an irrational approach, the necessity of subversion and innovation, of manipulating codes and meanings.

The hungry reapers: Jeff Parker & Beans

Beans © Beowulf Sheehan

Saturday September 22nd 2012, 6.00 pm

On paper, frozen, this almost resembles an encounter between a jazz guitarist and a rap MC on the dissection table of a subterranean stage. In inflammable reality, it's in fact a tour by two emancipated (un)creators of meaning in the pantheon of sound, and vice versa. A member of the AACM since 1995 and of Tortoise since 1997, Jeff Parker has integrated elements of ambient, dub, krautrock and concrete music into his limpid phrasing. A founding member of the Anti-Pop Consortium, Beans learned his trade in the streets of the Lower East Side and on the stage of the Nuyorican Poets Café, introducing one of the strangest ranges of electronic sound ever heard this side of skilfully popular music. Jeff Parker and Beans: the ideal combination for sampling the currents and counter-currents of Afro-Futurism.