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Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs

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Wadada Leo Smith's Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs pays tribute to Rosa Parks for an action that, in Smith's own words,"generated a movement worldwide for liberty and justice for human beings.” Through composition, Smith expresses his philosophical and spiritual narrative about his vision of this legendary figure. Embedded in the oratorio are brief excerpts from early recordings by Smith, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, and Steve McCall, the four musicians who made up the legendary ensemble known as the Creative Construction Company. The oratorio is concerned with Smith's ideas and meditation on the Civil Rights movement, reconnecting history to the present through lighting, photographs, and video images.

Smith is joined by: Diamond Voices, a trio including Karen Parks (vocals), Min Xiao-Fen (vocals and pipa), and Carmina Escobar (vocals); the RedKoral Quartet, including Shalini Vijayan (violin), Mona Tian (violin), Andrew McIntosh (viola), and Ashley Walters (cello); the BlueTrumpet Quartet, including Smith (trumpet), Ted Daniel (trumpet), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), and James Zollar (trumpet); the Janus Duo, with Pheeroan akLaff (drums) and Hardedge (electronics); as well as video in live performance by Jesse Gilbert and butoh dance performed by Oguri.

April 26—27, 8pm. $35 General / $25 Members.

April 28, 3pm. $35 General / $25 Members.

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Wadada Leo Smith: Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs is  made possible with generous support from Dorothy Lichtenstein, Paula Cooper, Agnes Gund, and Robert D. Bielecki Foundation; endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Wadada Leo Smith. Photography by Michael Jackson

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