For Flesh & Bone, Mike Reed composes deeply personal and hopeful music in which he responds to social unrest, racism and resurgent nationalism. On the eponymous album, the Chicago-based musician recollects harrowing memories of a confrontation with extreme right protesters during a train journey through Eastern Europe with his band. For this project this same four-piece band is expanded with a cornet player and a bass clarinet player. Poet and performer Marvin Tate plays an important role on the album as well as on stage, where impressive stories are combined with music and moving images.

Drummer and composer Mike Reed is a key figure in the current Chicago music scene, as the founder of the Constellation club and the influential Pitchfork Music Festival. He collaborates with many young musicians from Chicago, as well as with veterans such as Roscoe Mitchell and Wadada Leo Smith. As the descendant of an Indonesian-Dutch family he has a special relationship with Amsterdam. In 2013 his band People, Places and Things released the album Second Cities: Volume 1, with pieces by Dutch composers such as Guus Janssen, Sean Bergin and Eric Boeren.