Chicago’s Siskel Film Center to Screen Documentary on Kahil El’Zabar
Director Dwayne Johnson-Cochran’s documentary on jazz percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, titled Be Known, will be screened at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago on Jan. 24, 25 and 27.
Kahil El’Zabar, a Chicago native, joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) at age 18. Only a few years later, in 1975, he had become the chairman of the AACM. Also in the ’70s, he founded the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and later another group, the Ritual Trio. His extensive discography includes several titles on the Delmark label.
Special events will be tied to each of the three screenings. Following the Jan. 24 premiere, journalist David Thigpen will moderate a discussion with El’Zabar and Johnson-Cochran. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble will perform and there will be a post-screening reception.
Following the Jan. 25 screening, DownBeat contributor Michael Jackson will moderate a discussion with El’Zabar and Johnson-Cochran. Colab Space (312 N. Carpenter St.) will host an after-screening gathering with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble ($20 donation).
Following the Jan. 27 screening, WBEZ on-air personality Richard Steele will moderate a discussion with El’Zabar and Johnson-Cochran.
For more information, visit the Siskel Film Center website.