A monthy concert series presented at An Die Musik in Baltimore, MD - beginning January 2020
“Derrick Michaels is an outstanding musician, with a beautiful concept of sharing this music with so many people to bring us together, and to make us appreciate what we all have within.” - Robert Shahid, host “Masterclass” WEAA
This series offers an innovative "next step" program for young adult musicians, effectively helping these burgeoning creative individuals to embody their leadership potential by cultivating a space in which their contributions may flourish. The necessary elements of successful presentation are demonstrated and the programming process is supervised along the way.
The vision is to embrace and fortify the creative community while affirming and nurturing the exceptionally personal nature of the creative process for the individual.
Each concert features one vital Baltimore-based composer/improviser under age 30. Following a brief solo performance, the featured musician is showcased within two contrasting groups -- each performing cutting-edge, spontaneously composed music, free from idiomatic restrictions.
These concerts are self-promoted through a holistic program of graphic fliers, promotional videos, targeted email outreach, and word of mouth. Video recordings of each concert are edited and archived in order to document the vital work being done in this pivotal concert series. I organize, oversee, emcee, promote, perform, and create flyers and videos for each one of these concerts, which are presented in partnership with An Die Musik.
Posture of Possibility is a wholehearted endeavor to unite dedicated young creative musicians with an equally dedicated audience in the open and accepting atmosphere of An Die Musik. I have selected 12 young musical leaders under the age of 30 to lead adventurous performances in Baltimore’s premier listening room — putting full trust in improvisation as a potent unifying force across musical boundaries. The intention is to deliver music of substance, embracing the community while affirming and nurturing the exceptionally personal nature of the creative process for the improvising musician. For many of these musicians, this is their first time presenting a concert in this manner, and my work is to cultivate a space in which each of their creative contributions may flourish.
This series was inspired by the impetus for an article I wrote for the Baltimore Jazz Alliance Newsletter under the same name in 2018.
“Focusing our discussion about music on the present moment redirects attention to the creative process, circumventing the tired debates about “tradition” vs. “innovation” — “conservatism” vs. “progressivism.” I am going on record here and now to say that tradition and innovation are both utterly meaningless if the music lacks vitality, depth, emotion, dimension, and PRESENCE. The quality of our attention and delivery in the moment enlivens all music with a timeless quality that transcends genre. Let’s communicate something meaningful!
Free improvisation is therefore not a style of music, but a posture of possibility — a sonic invocation, exalting the present moment through the communal experience of creative flow. This music is about purity of sound, flow, trust, spirit, and the celebration of our humanity — HERE AND NOW. Surrendering into such a creative trust fall requires deep attention and the willingness to take risks, from performer and listener, alike.”
JANUARY 19th | Liam Hurlbut saxophone
FEBRUARY 16th | Asher Herzog drums
MARCH 8th | Erin Connelly trumpet
**As of March 14th, the COVID-19 pandemic has put the remainder of this series on pause for an indefinite period of time. We plan to reschedule these remaining nine artists for live, in-person dates whenever it is deemed safe to present live music again by public health officials.**
The following are the postponed dates associated with the Posture of Possibility series:
APRIL 19th | Tim Houston - guitar
MAY 3rd | David Diongue - saxophone
JUNE 14th | Andrew Young - drums
JULY 26th | John Jeffries - guitar
AUGUST 16th | Jake Fidler - trumpet
SEPTEMBER 20th | Zach Mckinney - saxophone
OCTOBER 18th | Rachel Winder - saxophone
NOVEMBER 15th | Walsh Kunkel - guitar
DECEMBER 13th | Derek Wiegmann - bass