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Accidentally on purpose

The accidental music festival brings out the best in Orlando's new music scene

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Brazilian popular music, a Skype presentation
Urban ReThink 6:30 p.m.

Jazz improvisation with Michael Welch, Daniel Jordan, Jim Ivy, Jill Burton, Kris Gruda and more
Urban ReThink 8 p.m.

Belt says that as the music festival came together, he felt there were a few pieces missing. First, he thought, a presentation on musical anthropology would be worth including. “So I reached out to a friend of mine, Seana Monley, she’s an anthropologist at UNC Chapel Hill,” Belt says. “Her work is in the social functions of favelas in Rio de Janeiro.” Monley’s presentation, which will be broadcast at Urban Rethink via Skype, will focus on Brazilian funk.

He says he also felt like the program didn’t represent the avant-garde jazz world, which has a strong representation in Orlando. So he talked with some local players, including Jim Ivy, Jill Burton and Kris Gruda, and assembled an evening that will showcase pretty much the best of what the area has to offer. Belt says it can be tough to get a good crowd for a classical show on a Friday night, so the organizers decided it would be a good night to schedule this higher-energy improvisational showcase instead.

“There will be performances of free jazz, free improvisation and avant garde vocal music,” Belt says. “The headliners that night are Michael Welch and Danny Jordan. They’re two of the veteran jazz musicians in Orlando, two of the area’s premier players and they’re presented in an interesting combination: reeds [Jordan] and percussion [Welch].”

“Jordan is an outstanding saxophone and flute player,” adds Ivy, who is also playing on this bill. “And Michael Welch has created this quadrogrip technique, where he actually holds two sticks in each hand, but neither of the sticks are playing the same instruments. So it’s like he’s hitting four different things at a time.”

Ivy will be playing a duet on saxopone with Oviedo classical guitarist Ron Sword, and vocalist Jill Burton and guitar/vocalist/multiinstrumentalist Kris Gruda – both of whom Ivy calls “outstanding improvisers” – will perform as well. “Jill is a master vocal improviser,” Ivy says. “She was in and around the downtown New York scene in the early 1980s, when John Zorn and Wayne Horvitz were just starting out and making a name for themselves.”

Saturday, Sept. 10

Opera-film screening of "De Cachetito Raspado" and discussion with Juan Trigos
Urban ReThink 7 p.m.

“Trigos will hold a presentation on the opera ‘De Cachetito Raspado,’ which is one of his really well-known operas,” Belt says. “The translation of the title is ‘cheek to stubbled cheek.’ He’s going to talk about his compositional practices and the genre he writes in.”

Trigos’ father (also named Juan Trigos) is a prominent poet and author who created a literary genre called hemoficcion, which explores the darkest tendencies of the human psyche. Trigos the composer writes his operas in the style his father pioneered. Trigos will discuss his work, the hemoficcion genre and he’ll also host a screening of the opera.

Sunday, Sept. 11

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