This week’s hounds uncover a photographer who captures the images that linger in a motorist’s mind, a ensemble of six supreme Minnesota saxophonists, and a local rapper who straddles hip hop and pop.
We’ve asked our Art Hounds to tell us about their Minnesota arts and culture highlights of 2011. Here are the music and visual art highlights that we didn’t have to get to on air.
This week’s hounds guide us to an interactive poetry reading, vibrant 3-D art in Fergus Falls and a horn saturated Afro-Latin band from Ottawa, Canada.
The Mother of Masks ensemble fuses poetry and jazz in a spiritual musical conversation.
When jazz bassist Chris Bates brings his group to the Icehouse restaurant in Minneapolis tonight, the ensemble will make a strong statement for improvised music.
Latin bandleader Poncho Sanchez, who performs tonight at the Ordway in St. Paul, learned to play the congas by emulating great musicians. He also played with them.
When Trio Bossa Nova performs tonight at Cafe 318 in Excelsior, the ensemble will explore intimate Brazilian songs and original compositions.
The modern jazz group Atlantis Quartet performs tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club, exploring new music or an upcoming album.
Singer Kurt Elling performs tonight at the Dakota Jazz Club.
Guitarist Todd Clouser, whose work fuses modern jazz, rock and funk, performs tonight at the Red Stag in Minneapolis, followed by a show Tuesday at the Amsterdam in St. Paul and another Wednesday at Café Maude in south Minneapolis.