Extended vocalist/holistic/sound/movement/energy worker/performance artist JILL BURTON was a professional ballerina, modern dancer, dance teacher and accompanist, and free improviser in Gainesville FL during the 1970s. In 1978, she traveled to San Francisco where she met for the first time her life-long collaborators Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith, and connected for the first time to a larger, world-wide community of free improvisers. She lived in Manhattan’s East Village from 1981-1991 where she was very active as part of the downtown experimental music/dance/performance art scene; including co-founding, w/Rain Worthington, the band HIZOHI (which also included Jane Scarpantoni, Yuval Gabay, and Kumiko Kimoto). She has been privileged to work with and learn from artists from the Peking Opera, the Noh Theater, and Alaska Native Tlingit dancers and storytellers.In other words, she’s badass. See http://www.jillburton.net

She’s joined in this great show by two preternatural talents on their instruments, modern-classical/improviser Patrick Crossland (trombone) and Jack Wright (reeds), to some the greatest living exponent of that ineffable mercury-like (non)context known as “free playing.” Should be an amazing trio of mind-blowing experimental musicals.

“…Burton is a lounge queen, animal imitator, lawdy mama–she’s terrific!…profound incoherence…”
–R.J. Smith, Village Voice

“…one of the great foundation improvisors of America…”
–LaDonna Smith, Red Mountain Post

“…a performance artist of singular, non-assaultive, exploratory talent…”
–Porter Anderson, Tampa Tribune

Event location:

425 E. 31st St Baltimore, MD. 21218

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.