Join our Jazz Residency artists for the opportunity to experience a work in progress! After months of workshops and preparation, each artist will present an intimate session, showcasing their unfinished collaborative projects in SEI Innovation Studio. Through these works in progress, audiences will have an opportunity to experience the reality and rawness of the creative process.
Project: The presence of Jazz and Faith of the African American experience
Project Description: 'This three prong work will seek to acknowledge the presence of jazz and faith of the African American experience to music. We are writing this body of work as a means to acknowledge contributions of African American's to the jazz and faith experience. Many composers from Mary Lou Williams to Duke Ellington acknowledge the presence of faith in their music and composed as well as performed within these idioms. We seek to further this meeting of musical genres of faith and jazz to broaden and deepen the definition of what jazz music can be.'