Jul 9th 2018

Join us at the Currency Exchange Café for a special First Monday Jazz event featuring the Participatory Music Coalition.

The Participatory Music Coalition began in 2014 as the sonic subcommittee of the MB Collective, a theater, performance, visual and community collective of artists integrating diverse performative traditions, especially with respect to the South Side Community Art Center and its founder, the great spirit Margaret Burroughs. Musicians of the MB collective began participating in the weekly “Sonic Healing Ministries Free Jazz Sessions” organized and headed by composer/instrumentalist and educator David Boykin. Finding fulfillment and growth through these sessions members began to meet in each others homes to experiment, compose, and practice new music.

Recognizing the spiritual importance of Black American Classical Music, Participatory Music Coalition maintains improvisation as the very core of our creative endeavors because improvisation is the doorway to the spirit-domain, and sound is the primordial vessel of healing to the world.

Our performances proceed through journeys of sound, text, movement, poetry, song, moving images, and cuisine.Both free and planned improvisational offerings will leave plenty of space for guests to contribute and share.We encourage participation by all! By thought, word, deed, and sound, we invite you to celebrate with us the divine unity of all the cosmos that music represents. We welcome your sound, your spirit, your voice and your heartbeat!

First Monday Jazz showcases Chicago artists the first Monday of every month. Join friends and neighbors on the UChicago Arts Block for an enlivening evening of music from some of Chicago’s most exciting artists. Presented by Arts and Public Life in partnership with the Currency Exchange Café.


This event is FREE.

This event is wheelchair accessible. Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in these events should contact Arts + Public Life for assistance at 773.702.9724 or artsandpubliclife@uchicago.edu.

Questions? Contact Nikki Patin at npatin@uchicago.edu or 773.263.7003.

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