Creation Myth

Thirty-five years ago, a Chicago arts collective charted new territory in black music. Now, in a three-day retrospective, Minneapolis free-jazz explorers Douglas Ewart and Carei Thomas return to that land of possibilities.

Father of invention: Douglas Ewart and one of his homemade instruments
Tony Nelson
Father of invention: Douglas Ewart and one of his homemade instruments

"I love spontaneity," Thomas insists gleefully. "Art comes from the spontaneous and grows into the structure, rather than straitjacketing ideas and feelings initially," he theorizes, leaning back in his chair. "In spontaneity, there is order. When we think about ordering, then we make absurd statements like 'I want this to feel real natural.' When we just respond, we arrive at a truer order."

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