Chicago, US 60601
June 25 - July 1st, 2023
Think Big, an unprecedented jazz quartet with the air of a libertarian manifesto that shoots up from experimental ground, will be performing 5 concerts in Chicago in June.
Made up of Raphaël Quenehen on saxophone, Ben LaMar Gay on trumpet & Thibault Cellier on double bass from the collective Les Vibrants Défricheurs and Mike Reed, drummer and composer, hyper-activist on the Chicago’s scene and member of the AACM plus Ben Lamar Gay, his long-time partner, trumpetist and multi-instrumentalist coming from the same galaxy, this quartet is a furiously lively field for experimentation and involvement. The music is thought as a patchwork of musical pictures, a post-modern and contemporary look at jazz story – as an emancipatory artistic language. Compositions will be brought by the four musicians and improvisation will be the joyful link between those pieces.
25/06/2023 | Hungry Brain | 2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL | 9pm CST
1 set Think Big (Mike Reed, Ben Lamar Gay, Thibault Cellier, Raphaël Quenehen), 2nd set Thibault Cellier & Raphaël Quenehen with Jason Stein
26/06/2023 | Elastic Hearts “Anagram Series” | 3429 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL | 8pm CST
Anagram Series with Thibault Cellier & Raphaël Quenehen
28/06/2023 | Cafe Mustache | 2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 | 9pm CST
Thibault Cellier & Raphaël Quenehen with Fred Jackson and Hunter Diamond
01/07/2023 | Constellation | 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL | 9pm CST
Think Big new version (Mike Reed, Ben Lamar Gay, Thibault Cellier, Raphaël Quenehen)
Think Big was supported for its creation by the Jazz & New Music fund, 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). The residency and tour in Chicago is supported by the French Institute and Normandy Region and the CNM.
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.