Tickets available beginning at noon January 26, 2011.
Abraham, Inc. is a musical dream of a new era. An unprecedented collaboration between three cultural visionaries—David Krakauer, klezmer champion and world-class chamber clarinetist; funk legend Fred Wesley, celebrated for his work with James Brown; and hiphop renegade and beat architect Socalled—Abraham, Inc. heralds a time when boundaries are eroding, mutual respect is presumed, and musical traditions can hit with full force without concession or appropriation.
This palpable future is illustrated by the close, easy working style of the three collaborators and the hybrid musical form which results. Abraham, Inc. is a head-on musical collision, one that signifies new possibilities for cross-cultural respect and engagement. This new musical space—a place for honest, respectful interplay—can help us imagine the same kind of human engagement on a broader scale. At a time when relations between African Americans and American Jews have often been characterized by mistrust and unwillingness to engage in sustained dialogue, Abraham, Inc. creates a world where constructive co-creation is possible—where people find the “easy common ground” that Krakauer, Wesley, and Socalled have created in their music.