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A MÔTÔ Spirits Massivemuse: Shaking Up Music


Sun, June 12, 2022 7:00 PM, EDT

COVID-19 protocols at this groupmuse

The COVID-19 protocols for this groupmuse apply to all performers/hosts as well as attendees.

Drinking policy
Drinks for sale at this groupmuse
Age limit
All guests must be 21
Dogs live here
ADA access


Dara Hankins Co-host

Join us at our favorite whiskey distillery MÔTÔ Spirits for a musical celebration featuring trumpeter Chris Williams and bassist Rick Robinson!

We’ll open up the evening with a jazz trio led by Chris Williams, a powerful force on the trumpet who is a staple of the New York free jazz community, and has worked with renowned creators of experimental art and music. His work explores the duality of ancestral trauma and power existing in all Black Americans, leading to the creation of his pieces such as I Ain’t Got No Spare (2019) which interweaves homemade electronics, sound, and projection.

Then, Philadelphia-based bassist, Rick Robinson will take the stage. Rick was invited into the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1989, becoming its second African-American member. He resigned this position 22 years later to emerge as a composer, director and a leading voice for sharing classical music with the broader American public. He is also a composer and will share his work City of Trees –- an homage to the Dutch elm trees in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park where he grew up.

Doors open at 7:00pm. Music begins at 7:30pm.

Alcoholic drinks will be sold by MÔTÔ Spirits at the entrance. (This is not a BYOB event.) Please enjoy this distillery's offerings to support this amazing local business!


Rick Robinson Bass Director
Chris Williams Trumpet
Stani Dimitrova Violin 1
Julia Danitz Violin 2
Stephen Boegehold Percussion
Sonya Belaya Keyboard
Adi Boyanova Viola
Andres Valbuena Percussion

Chris Williams and his trio will perform an ear-opening jazz set with original compositions.

Rick Robinson and his string ensemble will perform classical arrangements and:
Rick Robinson - City of Trees
Rick Robinson - Pork n Beans
Scott Joplin - Entertainer Rag
Duke Ellington - Martin Luther King
Karl Jenkins - Palladio

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Rick Robinson, 8 months ago

A big honkin' THAAAAANKS to GroupMuse NYC and Moto Spirits for having me rehearse and perform CutTime Simfonica® with these local Brooklyn players last night! Lotta fun shaking up classical with you!
If y'all get this message, you can listen to "Pork 'n Beans" and "Highland Park, MI: City of Trees" each and every DAY via my SoundCloud feed, and much more. Comment. Question. Share.
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