Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber
“There Was a Rock Me (Remix)”
Playing Friday and Saturday at Herbert Von King Park (Lafayette Ave and Tompkins Ave, Bedford-Stuyvesant)
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This weekend at Herbert Von King Park in Bed-Stuy, the post-everything improvisers known as Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber pay tribute to the Godfather of Soul. “Indomitable: James Brown” is an evolving music and dance work that was first presented last year at the Apollo Theater as “Burnt Sugar Freaks the James Brown Songbook.” The work includes Burnt Sugar’s avant-garde, funky take on Brown classics and a staging by Patricia McGregor, the associate director of Broadway’s Fela!
Burnt Sugar, for those not in the know, is an ensemble led by the writer and musician Greg Tate, who may be best known for his stirring Village Voice obituaries of musical legends including Michael Jackson and Gil Scott-Heron. Leading his Arkestra with a technique called “conduction,” in which hand symbols are used to direct the flow of live improvisation, Tate takes his group through free explorations of the African-American musical legacy.