Selma, Soweto, Bethlehem: Jazz Reflections on Freedom Struggles
The Liberation Project Quartet
Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE 20020
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 / 7:30 PM
Admission: $20/Advance | $25/Day-of-event
Led by pianist Harry Appelman, this ensemble will perform jazz interpretations of music associated with several struggles of liberation, including the US Civil Rights, South Africa's Anti-Aparthied and Palestine Liberation Movements!
- USA civil rights struggle
- South Africa anti-apartheid movement
- The ongoing struggle of the Palestinian people for freedom and human rights.
Specific music ideas:
- Civil Rights Era Songs & Spirituals, i.e. "We Shall Overcome", "We Shall Not Be Moved", "A Change is Gonna Come", "Eyes on the Prize"
- South African Liberation Music: i.e. "Ishe Oluwa" (6/8) - drum feature, "Senzenina", "Ukuthula" (Peace). Other music from Hugh Masekela ("Soweto Blues"?), Miriam Makeba, Letta Mbulu.
- Palestinian Music: "Mouwashshah Lamma Bada Yatathanna", "Weyn A Ramallah" * Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu (Israeli peace song)
- Egypt-Themed Music - re: Arab Spring uprising. Todd has several compositions from his suite "Blues from Tahrir" that deal with this theme.
- The Blues - a way to maintain dignity and deal with adversity. We will give a brief historical context or significance for each piece. Ideally we would like to include some dialogue with the community - a chance to learn some of their stories and memories.