CRDT Inside/Out - Marc Macaranas & Miles Davis

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Dive deep into CRDT’s revival of “Corner Sketches: A Tribute to Miles Davis” with choreographer Marc Macaranas and trumpeter Pharez Whitted. “Corner Sketches” is an audience favorite being revived for the first time in 5 years. Join Marc in a discussion about interpreting this legendary music for today, a preview of the work in progress, and an opportunity to be a part of the art.


This event is part of CRDT Inside/Out 2016 – a seven-month creative and audience engagement journey which culminates in an October fall concert series. You are invited Inside the company and its artistic process while the company gets Out of the studio to share work in progress and to be fueled by Chicagoans all over the city. Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre is a 17-year old home-grown company that fuses music, dance, and visual art to explore and celebrate contemporary American society. Its professional Dance and Music Ensembles collaborate with one another, with visual artists and designers, and with the people and places of Chicago. The company’s multi-disciplinary performance works are theatrical and thoughtful, vivacious and exuberant.

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Since 1982, Pharez Whitted has performed throughout the United States and overseas, including gigs at the 1988 Presidential Inauguration, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Billboard Music Awards, Carnegie Hall, and the MoTown Music Showcase. Whitted studied music at DePauw University and went on to earn a master's degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently the director of jazz studies at Chicago State University and as of 2009 plays in Chicago, regionally, nationally and internationally, often with Bobby Broom, Ron Perrillo, and Eddie Bayard. Whitted is a United Musical Instruments (UMI) clinician and is the son of the late singer and bassist Virtue Hampton Whitted and the nephew of trombonist Slide Hampton.  Pharez Whitted has performed with such jazz musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Kirk Whalum,Elvin Jones, Slide Hampton, John Mellencamp, The Temptations, Roy Meriwether, The O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Ramsey Lewis, and former The Tonight Show bassist and classmate Bob Hurst. Whitted wrote, produced, arranged, and played on his two compact discs for MoTown's Jazz record label, entitled Pharez Whitted and Mysterious Cargo. He also co-produced the MoJazz albumPeople Make the World Go 'Round. Whitted's third album, Transient Journey was released in 2010 by Indianapolis jazz label Owl Studios. In January 2011, Pharez Whitted was nominated for The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the Jazz Album category for Transient Journey.

Marc Macaranas, from Delano, CA, graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine and relocated to Chicago, IL in 2005. Since then, he has performed at venues across North America and Europe with Lucky Plush Productions, The Seldoms, DanceWorks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and RubberbanDance Group. Currently, he presents his own solo work as The Visitor(s). His choreography has been seen at Duets for My Valentine, The Open Space Project, Links Hall's THAW, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre.

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