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The Bridge: Temple of Enthusiasm


Marvin Tate (voice, poetry) Erwan Keravec (bagpipes) Gerrit Hatcher (tenor saxophone) Lia Kohl (cello) Gaspar Claus (cello)

Chicago - Madison - Milwaukee | Oct 31 - Nov 13, 2022


The Bridge, a transatlantic network of French and American jazz and improvisational musicians founded in 2013, is back to perform in Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee in November!

This year’s cohort, Temple of Enthusiasm, is the third iteration of the second generation of these Franco-American collaborative ensembles, and is comprised of vocal performance, tenor sax, bagpipes, and two cellos. This group represents the diversity of the jazz world, and music as a means of experimentation and possibility. Come out to their performances this fall to enjoy boundary pushing music, and to bear witness to the fruit of French and American artistic collaboration.

“They started to think of it this way: as the creation of a magnetic field in music. Four Aces and a Queen, of course, and all combinations of the unimaginable, all balances, all imbalances.”

Temple of Enthusiasm (TB#2.3)

  • Marvin Tate – voice, poetry
  • Gerrit Hatcher – tenor saxophone
  • Erwan Keravec – bagpipes
  • Lia Kohl – cello
  • Gaspar Klaus – cello

Exploratory Trip – Chicago, October & November 2022

  • 10/31 – Connect Gallery, 6 pm
  • 11/01 – The Promontory, 8 pm 

+ Honey Bo

  • 11/02 – Constellation, 9 pm 

+ American Indian Center musicians

  • 11/03 – Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Epiphany Hall, 7:30 pm 

+ Chad McCullough, Angelo Hart, Carmani Edwards & Christian Dillingham

  • 11/04 – Logan Center for the Arts, 7:30 pm
  • 11/05 – Corbett vs. Dempsey, 3:30 pm 

* Erwan Keravec solo

  • 11/05 – Bluestem Jazz – North Street Cabaret, Madison, 8 pm
  • 11/06 – Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, 7 pm
  • 11/07 – Elastic ‘Anagram Series’, 8 pm 

* Erwan Keravec, Steve Berry & Will Faber

* Gaspar Claus, Sakina Abdou, Fred Jackson, Jr., Jason Roebke & Jeremy Cunningham

  • 11/08 – Doug Fogelson Studio, 9 pm

+ Sakina Abdou

  • 11/09 – The Whistler ‘Relax Jazz Attack Jazz Series’, 9 pm

* Gaspar Claus, Erwan Keravec, Sakina Abdou, Keefe Jackson, Jeb Bishop, Nick Macri, Dan Bitney & Marcus Evans

  • 11/10 – Elastic ‘Improvised Music Series’, 8:30 pm

+ Sakina Abdou & Molly Jones duo

  • 11/12 – Pro Musica, 4 pm
  • 11/13 – Hungry Brain, 9 pm

Erwan Keravec, Lia Kohl, Lou Mallozzi & Joshua Abrams

* Gaspar Claus, Sakina Abdou, Josh Berman, Jason Roebke & Mike Reed

The Bridge is supported by Ministère de la Culture, Sacem, Centre National de la Musique, Spedidam, Adami and Institut Français. 

Temple of Enthusiasm, The Bridge #2.3 has been made possible through Jazz & New Music, a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français, SACEM (Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique) and the CNM (Centre National de la Musique). 

In partnership with

FACE Foundation

FACE Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, FACE Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. FACE Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language. 

Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

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The role of SACEM is to provide protection, representation and service for original music composers, authors and publishers SACEM collects authors’ rights and redistributes the payments to the rights-holders SACEM promotes and supports original creative music in every different form. SACEM is a private entity; it is a non-trading company [“société civile”] directed by authors, composers and publishers.


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Ministry of Culture

The French Ministry of Culture aims to make the major works of humanity— and especially those of France— accessible to the largest number of people possible. As such, it maintains a policy of conservation, of protection, and of development of all components of French cultural heritage. It promotes the creation of works of art and of the mind, and the development of art practices and education. It further contributes to cultural initiatives outside of France, and to initiatives relating to the establishment of French cultural programs throughout the world.


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