Happy Black History Month 2017! While every month is Black History Month for Castle of our Skins, the dedication of February as Black History Month has lead to many important Black Americans being given the recognition they justly deserve, and has lead to more cultural curiosity - something for which Castle of our Skins is constantly striving.
Last year, for our Freedom Rising presentation, the amazing Shaw Pong Liu played For Violin by Ed Bland. This work, like many of Bland's pieces, has bold amounts of sophistication and aggression. In June, I will have the honor of performing Sketches Set #7 for piano, and I have started to work on it already during a recent residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden! Please enjoy a short video clip from a practice session, and I hope this inspires you to learn more about Ed Bland and his life and music!
Next post: Sunday, February 26th! And, as always, We'd Like To Hear From YOU!
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