by Anthony R. Green
BIBA QUICKIE! In just over two weeks, the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) will host another digital Tune In festival! This year's festival continues CAP UCLA's love of collaboration, and is curated by award-winning performance poet J. Ivy and pianist Lisa Kaplan (of eighth blackbird). The line-up includes a wide variety of musicians and artists, covering a diverse spectrum of genres and expression! For readers who followed my trip to Ghana through BIBA, you'll see one of the fruits of my travels in this digital festival. My video I returned. I wanted to. features music by myself, Liz Gre, and Shannon Sea, a poem by Angelina Weld Grimké, and a traditional hymn. All of these elements work together to explore Blackness and queerness in diaspora, and question the role of Christianity throughout history and race. Additionally, my string quartet Sacred Ground (... we can still feel the tremors ...) will be featured. This piece was commissioned by Chamber Music Tulsa to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, and the outstanding performance by the Thalea String Quartet will be available to watch during this digital festival. There will also be music by Jonathan Bailey Holland, Errollyn Wallen, spoken word, dance, and so much more! Check out the line-up HERE and the promo video below! You'll see me 2 seconds in, playing a pink toy piano ...
by Anthony R. Green
Castle of our Skins is about to present a live concert titled "Be Still and Know", featuring works by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Jeffrey Mumford, Carlos Simon Jr., Adolphus Hailstork (who turned 80 this year!), and Brian Raphael Nabors (a previous composer-in-residence with Castle of our Skins)! This concert will also be streamed for free, and the seating at our venue - An die Musik in Baltimore, MD - is limited. We are excited to be performing this program with Gabriela Díaz (violin). Ashleigh Gordon (viola, and artistic director of COOS), Francesca McNeeley (cello), and Joy Cline Phinney (piano). For this program, COOS is revisiting the world of composers programmed in past projects, including Jeffrey Mumford - the composer featured in COOS's first portrait concert!
For this particular portrait concert, Jeffrey Mumford was featured in an interview for I Care If You Listen, an "award-winning multimedia hub for living music creators" which has a number of articles, interviews, features, and more. An excerpt from Mumford's interview (conducted by friends of COOS Arlene & Larry Dunn) is below:
"My work is inspired by cloud imagery, the qualities of light, and time of day. I am fascinated by the layers that form, and I am compelled by the speed with which clouds move, splitting off and recombining with one another, reforming and sometimes dissipating entirely. This, I think, is an operative analogy to the approach I take in my work."
Jeffrey Mumford's ethereal string trio in soft echoes ... a world awaits will be featured for this concert event, and paired with animation by Gregory Little. Check it out along with the other beautiful works this coming Tuesday!
Hello BIBA readers!
This post is a rather quick post in support of some digital content that is relatively recent. We here at Castle of our Skins love our digital content (and also love producing it for you all), and we just wanted to promote some projects that have recently came across our attention! The first: a series of two-part inventions by Jonathan Bailey Holland!
Jonathan Bailey Holland’s works have been commissioned and performed by numerous ensembles, including the Atlanta, Baltimore, BBC, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Springfield, St. Louis, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras; as well as the Auros Group for New Music; the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; Transient Canvas; Boston Opera Collaborative; Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia; Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies; Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra; Orchestra 2001, and many others. He has received honors and awards from The Fromm Foundation, American Academy of Arts & Letters, Massachusetts Cultural Council, American Music Center, ASCAP, the Presser Foundation, and more. Castle of our Skins had the honor of featuring a world premiere miniature by Holland for the first Black Composer Miniature Challenge (or #BCMC 1.0)! These older inventions are quirky, serene, inspired - quite magical!
The second recommendation is a streaming concert called "I know why the caged bird sings" - Songs of Black American Composers!
Earlier this year, the Hampsong Foundation with Thomas Hampson, Louise Topping, and others, worked together to curate a massive project featuring music by Black composers. This project resulted in two live concerts and three streaming concerts, which are available to view till June 2022. The concert linked above features an array of songs by a wide range of past and present composers, including Castle of our Skins associate director Anthony R. Green! The diversity of music presented, the professionalism of the performances, the incredible videography and setting, and the entire philosophical implications of this ENTIRE PROJECT are significant. We hope you enjoy the stream and check out the other concert streams as well, and - if you have the time, of course - read the incredible content available on the website of the project! The link is : CLICK HERE!
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