Sonic Provocations Opens at URBAN-15 with Jazz Duo Richard Oppenheim and Rene Saenz

URBAN-15 opens the new year with Sonic Provocations, a new series that provides a setting for sound artists to showcase original material, taking it out of the laboratory and into the ears of the public. Sonic Provocations offers artists the creative freedom to present their work beyond the constraints of audience expectation--and offers audiences the opportunity to experience something acoustically different and unique.

The series opens on Saturday, January 9 with jazz duo Richard Oppenheim and Rene Saenz, two multi-instrumentalists versatile in all genres of reed music. Oppenheim and Saenz are both nationally recognized jazz saxophonists who have performed across genres—from Tejano to jazz, country and rock to blues—and with such noted musicians as Marvin Gaye, Tito Puente,  and Count Basie. Their presentation at URBAN-15 will be a 90-minute concert featuring four original works and interpretations of Dolphy, Mingus and Coltrane.

This performance is also part of the Dream Week activities leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, highlighting the historical significance of jazz to civil rights struggles with a freeform interpretation of Charles Mingus’s classic “Prayer for Passive Resistance.”

In addition to their performance on January 9, Oppenheim and Saenz will perform two other dates as part of the Sonic Provocations series, which runs every second Saturday from January – June 2016.

Tickets are $10 at the door or presale at
Seating is limited to 80.