Listening sessions, Black understudy program for the No Territory Band

The No Territory Band.

Jazz is Black music, but one finds very few Black players in the most prominent and innovative circles of the Twin Cities jazz scene.

To encourage the performing and composing of creative improvised music by a younger generation of Black musicians in the Twin Cities, composer and drummer Davu Seru is putting out a call for Black improvising musicians (between the ages of 18 and 30) who play any acoustic instrument (except drum set). Understudies will sit-in on monthly rehearsals where they will have the opportunity to learn the No Territory Band repertoire and to eventually sub for current “1st-call” players.

The listening sessions take place Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. at Moon Palace Books, 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis and Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. at East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier St., St. Paul. Both events will feature a performance and discussion that are free and open to the public.

Drummer, Seru, formed No Territory Band in February of 2016, principally for playing his original compositions in un-amplified settings. In 2018, prior to the group's premiere performance at festival Kind of Belou in Treignac, France, and with the support of the Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist fellowship, the band released its debut record, “There's a Hole in the Wall in the Bucket.” 

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