Anthony Davis

AKAMU representation: worldwide

As a leader:

Anthony Davis Ensemble
Cynthia Aaronson-Davis - soprano vocal
Mark Feldman - violin
J.D. Parran and/or Marty Ehrlich - reeds
Anthony Davis - piano and compositions
Mark Dresser - double bass
Gerry Hemingway - drums and marimba

Anthony Davis - Thulani Davis "X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X"
A Lyric Opera premiered in a semi-staged production in Philadelphia in 1985 and received its first fully staged production at the New York City Opera in 1986.

Anthony Davis - Thulani Davis "Amistad"
A Lyric Opera of Chicago's 1997 world-premiere.
Amistad is an opera that was ten years in the making. Thulani and I first discussed the idea of making an opera on the Amistad Rebellion in 1986. We were drawn to the drama of the story, a successful uprising of captives on a slave ship, and the implications of the Amistad incident in an understanding of ourselves and the American experience. Through the Amistad, we could revisit the story of the Middle Passage, the contradictions implicit in the ethos of America, and also explore the emergence of the African-American as a cultural entity. Amistad is my most ambitious work to date and gave me the opportunity to expand upon what I learned from my previous operas as well as the chance to explore new musical areas.

Anthony Davis - Yusef Komunyakaa "Wakonda's Dream"
A Lyric Opera premiered March 7, 2007 at Omaha, Nebraska's Orpheum.
Wakonda's Dream is about a contemporary Native American family, impacted by the historical events that occurred in Nebraska in 1879 that changed the legal status of American Indians to that of "human beings under the law" for the first time in U.S. history.



As a co-leader:

Wadada Leo Smith - Anthony Davis
Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet
Anthony Davis - piano

Anthony Davis - Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson - tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax and flute
Anthony Davis - piano

Anthony Davis - Mark Dresser
Anthony Davis - piano
Mark Dresser - double bass


As a sideman:

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet
Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet and composition
Anthony Davis - piano
John Lindberg - double bass
Pheeroan akLaff - drums

 
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