Over the course of a prolific career, saxophonist, band leader, producer and composer Ravi Coltrane has made his bones as an accompanist, of course, but also recorded a slew of remarkable albums in addition to founding the major independent label RKM. His mother Alice had a tremendous influence on her son, and vice versa; he was the one to encourage her to return to the studio after a long absence. Ravi played on and produced her powerful film Translinear Light, released in 2004. He comes back to the Festival after two years!
On his latest album, Lines in the Sand, Mexican drummer/composer Antonio Sanchez explores the injustices and horrors experienced by immigrants from the south pushed back by the belligerent policies of US president Trump, even using recordings from police raids. Composer of the splendid film soundtrack to Birdman, he continues to channel his anger in textured and evocative music, a response to North American turmoil.