One Breath Rising presents The Makanda Project
One Breath Rising is thrilled to bring the Makanda Project back to Brooklyn!
Led by pianist, bandleader and arranger, John Kordalewski, the 13 piece ensemble, Makanda Project explores and celebrates the richness of the unrecorded music of multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre.
Makanda (1931-2001) was an innovative musician who recorded with Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, and a host of other jazz greats throughout his career. He was well schooled in bebop, but created a path of his own, in which the improvisational language and compositional structures extended in different directions. Whether composing the blues, calypso or straight ahead, Makanda’s music defied categorization. His playing was both “inside” and “outside” – and always swinging.
Hear music Makanda never recorded – a joyous celebration of a great man.