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Black Fire Sessions At The Broad

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The exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 – on view at The Broad through Sept. 1 – “examines the work of 60 artists and explores the historical and cultural influences that define their unique approaches to Black art both as a vehicle for change and an expression of self-exploration.” Now queue the music.

The Black Fire Sessions will create a live companion soundtrack in celebration and further expression of the art. The first of two events kicks off with a performance by Roscoe Mitchell (co-founder of The Art Ensemble of Chicago and AfriCOBRA collaborator) with Brett Carson (world-renowned pianist). Joining them throughout the evening are three other Los Angeles-based musicians who experiment with the language of jazz. Busdriver, who ingeniously moves between funk, rap, and scat will perform in Oculus Hall and Georgia Anne Muldrow will present a labyrinth of vocals, keyboards, and other instruments, with her partner, Declaime. In the lobby, Teebs will layer and manipulate recordings into his signature “beat music.” Mecca Vazie Andrews will animate the galleries of Soul of a Nation through three distinct movement and dance pieces.

The next event is August 14; you can see details here.