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INTERTWINED JOURNEYS (Exhibition)

Jan 21, 2020, 10:00 AM-Jan 31, 2020, 4:00 PM

Photography Exhibition

Exhibition on View:

Jan 20 – Jan 31, 2020

 

The images and texts that make up the Intertwined Journeys exhibit represent the experiences of the inaugural cohort of Narratio Fellows, 11 poets from around the world between the ages of 17 and 21. Fellows worked with program coordinators and guest speakers—writers, journalists, media producers, artists, and activists from the United Nations, Squarespace, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and more—to develop poems for a performance in the Assyrian Relief Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

 

Artist: Various

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Reception + Talk: INTERTWINED JOURNEYS (Special Events)

Jan 24, 2020, 5:30 PM-Jan 24, 2020, 7:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

Intertwined Journeys

Photography Exhibition

Reception + Talk:

Friday, Jan 24th 2020

5:30 - 7:30pm

 

The images and texts that make up the Intertwined Journeys exhibit represent the experiences of the inaugural cohot of Narratio Fellows, 11 poets from around the world between the ages of 17 and 21. Fellows worked with program coordinators and guest speakers- writers, journalists, media producers, artists, and activists from the United Nations, Squarespace, National Public Radio, The New York Times, and more- to develop poems for a performance in the Assyrian Relief Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

If you need special accomodations please contact: Diorra Cole 315-442-2230 or email dscole@syr.edu by Jan 17.

 

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The Black Composer as Jali: Composition, Improvisation, and the Afrikan Epic (Lectures and Talks)

Feb 20, 2020, 12:00 PM-Feb 20, 2020, 2:00 PM

Community Folk Art Center

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Lecture by Mark Lomax II, Creator of 400: An African Epic

CFAC Gallery, 805 E. Genesee Street 

Mark Lomax (Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH)

In the West Afrikan storytelling tradition, the Jali serve as the professional musicians tasked with preserving the history, rituals, and experiences of the culture in which they were born. These keepers of the culture tell the stories of their people through songs that seamlessly incorporate pre-composed material with improvised sections to create epic narratives that remind the listener who they are, where they have been, and point to the future. This tradition survived the Middle Passage, evolved through the savagery of slavery, and now manifests itself in the work of many contemporary Black American composers.

Using examples from his work, 400: An Afrikan Epic, Lomax discusses the process by which he worked with composition and improvisation to create aspects of his epic which honors the West Afrikan tradition and is inspired by the work of Duke Ellington, Renee Baker, Anthony Davis, and Wadada Leo Smith.

 


 

Bio: Dr. Mark Lomax, II, critically acclaimed composer, recording artist, drummer, activist, and educator is a Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University Artist Residency 2018 Award recipient. A highly sought-after lecturer, Lomax specializes in the socio-political, and spiritual aspects of African-American art, music, race, and the usage of the arts to build community. Besides performing with gospel choirs around the country, Lomax also boasts impressive jazz credentials. He has toured with the Delfeayo Marsalis Sextet and worked with notable artists such as Clark Terry, Marlon Jordan, Azar Lawrence, Bennie Maupin, Billy Harper, Nicholas Payton, Ellis Marsalis, and Wessel Anderson, among others.

 

Lomax holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree in composition from The Ohio State University. In January 2019, Lomax released 400: An Afrikan Epic, a composition that ambitiously tells the story of the Afrikan diaspora over the course of a 12 album cycle.  

 

 

 

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Tales of the Black Experience from 400: An Afrikan Epic (Musical Performance)

Feb 21, 2020, 7:00 PM-Feb 20, 2020, 8:30 PM

Community Folk Art Center

 

Tales of the Black Experience from 400: An Afrikan Epic

An evening with The Mark Lomax Quartet
and The Spring Colloquium for African American Studies

Please join us in celebrating the African Diaspora through musical performance and discussion.

The Mark Lomax Quartet will ambitiously tell the story of Black America through a suite from 400: An Afrikan Epic, a12-album cycle released in 2019. “400” is divided into thirds and explores thousands of years of the history that is pre-colonial Afrika, the Ma’afa (the 400 years between 1619 and 2019), and Afro-futurism expressing a vision of what Blacks in America will heal toward in the next 400 years; a healthy, high functioning, and united block of the African diaspora.

February 21, 2020 7pm-8:30pm

Community Folk Art Center | 805 E. Genesee Street | 315.442.2230 | cfac@syr.edu

 

* If you need special accomodations please contact: Diorra Cole - 315-442-2230 or email: dscole@syr.edu