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Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber Presents The Cosmic Riddem, Esoteric Rambunction, And Eclectic Blue Cheer “Conduction” Workshop As Part Of Carnegie Hall's Artist Training Workshops

March 31-April 3, 2022

Young Musicians Are Invited to Apply for
Free Workshop to Explore the
Group’s Approach to “Conduction”
Alongside Members of Burnt Sugar

Culminating Concert in Zankel Hall Features
Original Music and Conduction Performances
By Workshop Participants and
Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

Applications Now Open Through February 11

(New York, NY, January 18, 2022)—Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) today announced that self-described “territory band, neo-tribal thang, community hang” Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber (BSAC) will lead a free workshop for six rising musicians, ages 18-35, from March 31-April 3, 2022, as part of the Hall’s ongoing series of workshops and master classes for young professional musicians. The BSAC workshop will focus on the group’s approach to “Conduction,” also known as conducted improvisation, coined, constructed, and championed by Butch Morris. BSAC who “continues to celebrate never playing anything the same way once” will aim to enhance the selected musicians interpretive and decision-making abilities by expanding their concept of composition, orchestration, and arrangement in real-time, while also exploring the connective tissue binding “Conduction” to jazz, rock, funk, twentieth-century composition, and African music in a lyrical, exploratory and improvisational manner. 

“A multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.”—David Fricke, Rolling Stone

Applications for the free workshop are now open online and must be submitted by February 11, 2022. The residency culminates with Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber’s Cosmic Riddem, Esoteric Rambunction & Eclectic Blue Cheer~#5, as the workshop participants and musicians of Burnt Sugar perform an original conduction in Zankel Hall on April 3, 2022. The ensemble’s residency is presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide Afrofuturism festival this spring.

Tickets for the concert, priced at $20-30, will go on sale to the general public on January 20, 2022.

The Hall was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Gregory Stephen Ionman Tate—founder of Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber—who had planned to lead the workshop alongside musicians of the group.

About the Artist
Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber gives tribute to their sonic Sensei, Maestro Lawrence Butch Morris (1947-2013) for showing them “THE WAY” of Conducted Improvisation and to founder Gregory Stephen Ionman Tate (1957-2021), and electric bassist/co-leader Jared Michael Nickerson for creating and maintaining a society music guild aspiring to the condition of all that is molten, glacial, racial, spacial, antiphonal and mythic.  

BSAC, currently in its twenty-third year of existence, is a multi-generational, multi-gender and multi-ethnic forum for improvisational musicians to compose, record and perform material reflecting the breadth and depth of American music in the 21st century.

About Workshops and Master Classes
Artists on the rise are given valuable access to world-class performers and composers through free workshops and master classes for young professional musicians (ages 18-35), created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). Participants are selected after responding to an open call for auditions. These up-and coming musicians receive personal coaching and mentoring from leading artists, helping them to reach their artistic and professional goals. Previous workshops and master classes presented by WMI have featured Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Zakir Hussain, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bobby McFerrin, Brad Mehldau, Paquito d’Rivera, and more celebrated artists across multiple genres.

About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. More than 800,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall with many more taking part online. This includes more than half a million students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with more than 115 orchestras in the US, as well as internationally in New Zealand, Canada, China, Japan, Kenya, and Spain. 

For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/Education


Support for Afrofuturism is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Bank of America.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support for the visual arts components of the Afrofuturism festival has been provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

Lead support for workshops and master classes is provided by Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and A.E. Charitable Foundation.

Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.

Ticket Information

Tickets, priced at $20-30, for Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

For more information on discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.

Please note: to support a safe reopening for in-person events and in accordance with the advice of medical and public health experts, all artists, visitors, and staff will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to enter Carnegie Hall. As of February 14, 2022, everyone coming to Carnegie Hall will be required to show proof of full vaccination as well as proof that they are fully up-to-date on CDC-recommended boosters, based on their eligibility. While inside Carnegie Hall, all guests must wear a properly fitting mask over their nose and mouth except when eating or drinking in designated areas.


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