Hunter Diamond is a saxophonist and creative musician living and performing in Chicago, IL. Through his compositions and improvisations, he maintains a consistent presence in Chicago’s creative music community. The majority of the new work being presented at the Whistler is a byproduct of time spent with Nicole Mitchell during a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in the summer of 2019.
Night one (9/3) – “Broken Music”
This is a set of compositions written during a time of deep personal grief, and aims to reflect the arc and emotional range one travels during growth opportunities.
- James Davis – trumpet
- Jason Roebke – bass
- Quin Kirchner – drums
- Hunter Diamond – saxophone, clarinet
Night two (9/10) – “Body Baton”
This performance will involve a concept initiated by musician/performance artist Maxx Katz during our time together at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. A small ensemble of musicians will be “conducted” by movement artit B’Rael Ali Thunder. This project explores various elements of interdisciplinary improvisation and cue music.
- B’Rael Ali Thunder – movement
- Anton Hatwich – bass
- Juan Pastor – percussion
- Hunter Diamond – reeds, percussion
Night three (9/17) – “Strange Frontiers”
The latest iteration of a project dedicated to sonifying the poetry of Hunter’s father, Eric Diamond. This adaptation was derived from new work created while working with Nicole Mitchell and the poetry studio of Cornelius Eady while at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
- Adam Zanolini – flutes
- Cameron Pfiffner – soprano saxophone
- Sarah Clausen – alto saxophone
- Chris Shuttleworth – trombone
- Katie Ernst – bass
- Marcus Evans – drums
- Hunter Diamond – reeds
Night four (9/24) – “Grit”
This is a new set of compositions written for a more traditional jazz quintet. The music explores the boundaries between melodic and rhythm consonance and dissonance.
- Nick Mazzarella – alto saxophone
- Angelo Hart – piano
- Jeremiah Hunt – bass
- Dana Hall – drums
- Hunter Diamond – tenor saxophone