Inside/Out with Raphaelle Ziemba and Miles Davis

Event Type
Event Description calls Inside/Out "a highly entertaining, thought-provoking, and revelatory hour of dance, music, and dialog." Don't miss it!

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


Raphaelle Ziemba started dancing at age four. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy, SUNY Purchase (BFA, Dance Performance), and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MA, Art Education). She has worked with Instruments of Movement, Concert Dance, Inc., Hedwig Dances, Chicago Opera Theater, & River North Dance Chicago. Ziemba is Associate Artistic Director of Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, performs and choreographs for MOMENTA, and is the Community Engagement Manager for Audience Architects.

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.

Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary
Traditional/Indigenous Dance


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