Monday, 18 January 2021

Can "High Art" Be Inclusive? American ensemble Imani Winds hosts two on-line panel discussions as part of the launch of its latest recording on Bright Shiny Things

On 5 February 2021, Bright Shiny Things will be releasing a new disc Bruits from Imani Winds (Brandon Patrick George, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mark Dover, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn; and Monica Ellis, bassoon) which features three world-premiere recordings, Vijay Iyer's Bruits, Reena Esmail’s The Light is the Same and Frederic Rzewski’s Sometimes,

On 5 February 2021, Bright Shiny Things will be releasing a new disc Bruits from Imani Winds (Brandon Patrick George, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mark Dover, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn; and Monica Ellis, bassoon) which features three world-premiere recordings, Vijay Iyer's Bruits, Reena Esmail’s The Light is the Same and Frederic Rzewski’s Sometimes,

All three works deal with current social and political issues, and tell stories about people whose lives have made a difference in our world. Vijay Iyer's Bruits was written during the the trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of a young black man named Trayvon Martin, Reena Esmail's The Light Is The Same uses two contrasting Hindustani raags—Vachaspati (dark and brooding) and Yaman (light and innocent), which have almost identical notes, but when they are played sound very different and Esmail uses these two raags to symbolize “how we are so close to each other and are separated by so little".  The subject of Frederic Rzewski’s Sometimes is Dr. John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) a historian who wrote about the Reconstruction era of American history, the time right after the Civil War, “when people of color (particularly African-Americans) were first allowed to hold political offices, become judges, and had hitherto unknown economic and social freedom,”  

As part of the recording launch, Imani Winds is presenting two free Zoom discussions with panelists including members Imani Winds and composers Vijay Iyer and Reena Esmail. On 22 January 2020 the discussion is Can “High Art” Be Inclusive? and on 29 January the discussion is The Myth of “Other” in Classical Music. The discussions are at 7pm EST, which translates to 12pm UK time so they are for British night owls!

You can register for both free discussions at Zoom.

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