The Concert Series at Wellesley College brings a diverse array of performers to campus this fall, starting with Zilik Misik and the Cercie Miller Quartet Sept. 15.
The series is highlighted by appearances of the Blue Heron Renaissance Choir and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, two Boston-based ensembles with international reputations. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Zili Misik and the Cercie Miller Quartet
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., Jewett Plaza
In conjunction with the opening of the Davis Museum's fall exhibition Calculated Risks, Department of Music faculty Cercie Miller and Kyra Washington, bring their dynamic bands together on one stage. Both the Cercie Miller Quartet (CMQ) and Zili Misik are beloved contributors to Boston's musical landscape, with unique sounds of their own. The pairing of CMQ's mastery of the jazz canon with Zili's blend of music that reconnects the sounds of Africa and African diasporic nations is a calculated risk bound to reap significant musical rewards.
Recently named one of the hottest bands in Boston by the Boston Globe, Zili Misik (www.zilimisik.com) is an all-female band that has been bringing African, Caribbean and American Soul music to Boston and the nation for the past 10 years. Zili takes its name from the Haitian spiritual entity, "Ezili" who is envisaged as mother, lover and warrior.
Formed in 1986, the Cercie Miller Quartet features four outstanding Boston-based jazz musicians: Wellesley College faculty/saxophonist Cercie Miller, pianist Tim Ray, bassist David Clark and drummer Bob Savine.
For more information about the Concert Series at Wellesley College, call Jennifer Ritvo Hughes, director of publicity and coordinator of the arts, at 781-283-2028 or visit the Music Department website.
Wellesley College is located at 106 Central Street, Wellesley, Mass. Free parking is available in the Davis Parking Facility. Directions and a map of the campus are online.