Bill Cole and The Untempered Ensemble stop by WTJU, Nov 14 and 15
Members of Bill Cole and The Untempered Ensemble will be interviewed during WTJU jazz programming, Mon & Tues evening, 7-9pm, on 91.1fm and streaming at wtju.net.
The UVA Department of Art welcomes Professor Bill Cole and the Untempered Ensemble for an Artist-in-Residence program from Nov 14 – 17, including free concerts at the Memorial For Enslaved Labourers (Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 5:00 pm), the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm), and the Dome Room of the The Rotunda at University of Virginia (Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm).
The Untempered Ensemble includes members of Indigenous American (Wabanaki and Nipissing), Asian-American, and African-American descent. The musicians play a wide variety of wind, string and percussion instruments from six different continents offering audiences the opportunity to form a world view of sound.
The Untempered Ensemble is believed to be among the first Guest Artists to perform at the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. As members of minority communities, the musicians recognize the significance of performing in a space that is dedicated to honoring those whose presence has often been rendered invisible by the retelling of history. The Jefferson School was a Freedmen’s School that opened in 1865 and was the only Black high school in Charlottesville until 1951. Conversely, the Rotunda, and the University as a whole, remained a “Whites Only” space until the late 1950s. The musicians wish to reclaim these historical places and introduce audience members to the power of global music in a modern age.