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Fulcrum Point presents David Murray & Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber & Kahil El’ Zabar -

Fulcrum Point presents an unprecedented gathering of 10 globally renowned musicians for a celebratory performance of improvisational “intuitive” music. Internationally acclaimed conductor and Fulcrum Point Founder Stephen Burns crea

tes an event that transcends social and cultural limitations through international collaboration. Featured in this impressive lineup will be celebrated jazz saxophonist and legendary improviser David Murray, led by esteemed conduction masters Markus Stockhausen and experimental jazz icon Kahil El’Zabar.

With artists hailing from Europe to the U.S., this profound and playful ensemble of musical visionaries, from seemingly divergent backgrounds, aims to exemplify the power of the arts to unify and inspire. Stockhausen, celebrated German composer and trumpeter, will play alongside his longtime collaborator, jazz pianist Florian Weber, together forming the acclaimed improvisation duo “Inside Out.” Additional guest artists include jazz trombonist Andy Baker, Latin violinist James Sanders, percussionist Ian Ding, and bassist Luke Stewart.

The concert will take place Friday, June 1st, 2018, from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at

The Promontory in Hyde Park, 5311 S Lake Park Ave W, Chicago, IL 60615.

Tickets, $20 general admission and $10 student and senior, can be purchased at


The following day, June 2nd, Stockhausen and Weber will lead a free workshop on improvised “intuitive” music with Chicago music students. A performance to showcase the collaboration will be free to the public on Sunday, June 3rd, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the DePaul University Concert Hall, 800 W Belden, Chicago, IL 60614. Students and guests can RSVP at www.intuitivemusicworkshop.


Markus Stockhausen is one of the most versatile musicians of our time. He is as much at home in jazz as in contemporary and classical music. As a trumpeter he performs on the international stage and leads or collaborates in various ensembles with musicians like Arild Andersen, Patrice Héral, Mark Nauseef, Jörg Brinkmann, Angelo Comisso, Christian Thomé, Ferenc Snétberger, and Florian Weber. In 2005 Stockhausen was awarded the WDR-Jazz Prize as the best improviser, and he gives courses on “Intuitive Music and More.”

Florian Weber has firmly established himself as a global star. In addition to being a jazz pianist, Weber tours with Philharmonic Orchestras where he has performed piano concertos by Mozart, Ravel and Gershwin as a soloist. Living alternately in New York and Germany, Weber teaches master classes at universities in Germany and abroad (E.g. CalArts (USA), Royal Northern College of music (UK), University of Osnabrück, DePaul University Chicago) where he passes on his knowledge of music to the next generation of students.

In 2015 Weber and Stockhausen released their acclaimed duo work “Inside Out.” Inspired improvisation and intuitive musicality unite to become a harmonious entity. At times Weber and Stockhausen’s lines blur imperceptibly between composition and improvisation, finely distilling the two. The duo have been playing together since 2008 and have not, in that time, lost their love of experimentation.


Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El'Zabar is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation. El'Zabar is a true "Renaissance Man," with a musical style and content that flows from ancient Africa to the modern world. Music holds no boundaries for El'Zabar, who has not only played alongside a myriad of jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderly, but was in the bands of Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone (who he also designed clothes for) and Paul Simon, as well as recording with rock bands like Sonia Dada and Poi Dog Pondering and heading up the jazz/house outfit, JUBA Collective. His efforts as a musician, educator, and community leader led to his being named "Chicagoan of the year" in 2004 by the Chicago Tribune and knighted as a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in 2014 by the French government.


Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. Now in his fifties, Murray has 130 albums to his name and contributions to around a hundred other recordings as a guest artist. As a tenor saxophonist, he has perfected an instantly recognizable approach to improvisation that even in its freest flights acknowledges the gravity of a tradition. Murray has altered the context for his improvisations as an infinite mosaic of musical challenges and explorations. As a worthy successor for some of the biggest names in jazz, he is now contributing to the rise of young talents.

ABOUT FULCRUM POINT NEW MUSIC PROJECT Created in 1998 by conductor, composer and trumpet virtuoso Stephen Burns, the mission of Fulcrum Point New Music Project is to push the boundaries of the musical experience globally by: supporting new compositions, creating and performing transformative new music experiences, and educating audiences of all ages and backgrounds to imagine the possibilities of music. Its programs are inspired and influenced by popular culture, including literature, film, dance, folk, rock, jazz, blues, Latin and world music. Through multi-disciplinary concert performances and educational programs, Fulcrum Point seeks to encourage audiences to make cross-cultural connections between new music, art, technology and literature, gaining greater insight into today’s diverse world. For more information on Fulcrum Point and its programs visit

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