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MODELING AFRO-ASIAN COLLABORATION: JAZZ, SPOKEN-WORD AND POLITICAL AESTHETICS

  • Winifred Smith Hal Irvine, California (map)

University of California, Irvine hosts Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration: Jazz, Spoken-Word and Political Aesthetics: a new project-in-progress of jazz music and spoken word devoted to the seemingly endless list of young African Americans whose lives have been tragically cut short by violence in the recent past. The piece is a collaboration between distinguished Bay-area jazz pianist and composer Jon Jang and activist poet Amanda Kemp. Modeling Afro-Asian Collaboration is organized into vignettes, each named for a Black victim of violence, including: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Trayvon Martin, while featuring Jang’s original music in conjunction with Amanda Kemp’s spoken word.

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