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Aug 24-25, 8-9:30pm

Likened to a "Jedi Master," Richard Howell is an internationally recognized jazz saxophonist and bandleader, and an award-winning music arranger and composer. Borrowing from the title of his recently released album, this program with dawsondancesf features the world premiere of 'Mangaku,' a work for nine dancers with live musical accompaniment from Howell and guest artists. This is Howell's fifth collaboration with choreographer Gregory Dawson.

"This album, Coming of Age, is literally about me coming into my own as an artist," said Howell. "For most of my career, I've been working in the service of other musicians. Now with this album, more than any other before it, I wish to plant a flag for myself." Howell, who has spent time off and on performing in West Africa, found the name for his album in a word from the Fula language, 'mangaku,' which means "coming of age." He has played with some of the great legends of blues, jazz, soul and world music including Don Cherry, Toumani Diabete, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, Etta James, Salif Keita, Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal, Carlos Santana, Christian Scott and Maurice White, among many others.

A prolific choreographer, Dawson has made over 90 works since founding his self-named company in 2007. MANGAKU will be the 17th work for dawsondancesf. The rest include commissions for other companies - Boston Conservatory, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Menlowe Ballet, Robert Moses' Kin, Tacoma Metropolitan Ballet, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company - and compositions for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA and Training Programs where Dawson is an instructor. Past posts held by Dawson include Assistant Director of the California State Summer School of the Arts' Dance Department and Artistic Director of the Dawson Wallace Dance Project in Denver, Colorado (formerly David Taylor Dance).
Aug 24-25, 8-9:30pm

Likened to a "Jedi Master," Richard Howell is an internationally recognized jazz saxophonist and bandleader, and an award-winning music arranger and composer. Borrowing from the title of his recently released album, this program with dawsondancesf features the world premiere of 'Mangaku,' a work for nine dancers with live musical accompaniment from Howell and guest artists. This is Howell's fifth collaboration with choreographer Gregory Dawson.

"This album, Coming of Age, is literally about me coming into my own as an artist," said Howell. "For most of my career, I've been working in the service of other musicians. Now with this album, more than any other before it, I wish to plant a flag for myself." Howell, who has spent time off and on performing in West Africa, found the name for his album in a word from the Fula language, 'mangaku,' which means "coming of age." He has played with some of the great legends of blues, jazz, soul and world music including Don Cherry, Toumani Diabete, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, Etta James, Salif Keita, Chaka Khan, Taj Mahal, Carlos Santana, Christian Scott and Maurice White, among many others.

A prolific choreographer, Dawson has made over 90 works since founding his self-named company in 2007. MANGAKU will be the 17th work for dawsondancesf. The rest include commissions for other companies - Boston Conservatory, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Menlowe Ballet, Robert Moses' Kin, Tacoma Metropolitan Ballet, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company - and compositions for the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA and Training Programs where Dawson is an instructor. Past posts held by Dawson include Assistant Director of the California State Summer School of the Arts' Dance Department and Artistic Director of the Dawson Wallace Dance Project in Denver, Colorado (formerly David Taylor Dance).
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