March 30, 2023 7:30 pm
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Autophysiopsychic Millennium: U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

This collective of Black musicians, mostly from Detroit and Chicago, performs a self-described “Sonic Convocation” that channels the improvisational methodology developed by world-renowned composer Yusef Abdul Lateef, a Detroit native who coined the Afro-futurist neologism “autophysiopsychic” to describe jazz, blues, gospel, and hip-hop as a way to push back against the over-commercialization of Black music. The group’s meditative, trance-inducing sound is a blend of spiritual-inflected multi-part harmonies accompanied by bass, guitar, drums, keyboards, and woodwinds. Also, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 (location TBA), the ensemble participates in a panel discussion on the legacy of Lateef’s music, and, on Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m., in the Michigan Union Ballroom, it leads an open workshop on their creative method. 7:30 p.m., Residential College Keene Theater, 701 E. University. Free. 678–0427.