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THROUGH THE WALL

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pieces of mind

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A Discourse on
Black Identity

 

 

Through the Wall

Program

Deep River Spiritual, Arr. Steph Davis

  

Lift Every Voice and Sing by J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954), Arr. Steph Davis 

                                                             

Brothers in Peace by Julie Spencer (b. 1962)

Before I’d Be a Slave by Undine Smith Moore (1904-1958), Arr. Steph Davis

 

Mother’s Sacrifice by L. Viola Kinney (1890-1945), Adapt. Steph Davis

 

I go to prepare a place for you by Steph Davis (b. 1999)

 

The Cherry Tree Carol by Alissa Voth

Intermission

 

Broomsticks by Mason Bynes, Adapt. Steph Davis        

Violin Sonata No. 1 by George Walker (1922-2018), Adapt. Steph Davis

featruing Brian Stuligross, violin

  

De Color by Tania León (b. 1943)

  1. "Pastel-blu"

  2. "Bronce"

  3. "Cobre"

  4. "Mestizo"

featuring Brian Stuligross, violin

Program Description

Through the Wall explores African-American ancestry and cultural identity. For many African-Americans, their ancestry past a few generations is a mystery. This is a result of the enslavement, displacement, and genocide of Africans throughout the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. This program simultaneously reflects this dark history and situates Blackness in a liberatory, multi-generational, and colorful aesthetic. This program is 90 minutes in length.

Instrumentation: solo marimba, violin/marimba

Note: This program can be adapted for a solo marimba performance

 

 

FRUITS

Program

Lift Every Voice and Sing by  J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954), Arr. Steph Davis

Mother's Sacrifice by Viola Kinney, Adapt. Steph Davis

Violin Sonata No. 1 by George Walker, Arr. Steph Davis

Watch and Pray Spiritual, Arr. Undine Smith Moore, Adapt. Steph Davis

Deep River Spiritual, Arr. Steph Davis

Naima by John Coltrane, Arr. Thomas Oboe Lee

Before I'd Be a Slave by Undine Smith Moore, Arr. Steph Davis

Broomsticks by Mason Bynes, Adapt. Steph Davis

I go to prepare a place for you by Steph Davis

Program Description

These works are some of the FRUITS given to us by Black musicians and composers. This program explores Black perspectives on liberation, motherhood, family, grief, hope, love, resistance, and the everyday.

Instrumentation: marimba, violin, and soprano

 

 

 

 

Solidarity

 

Program

Lift Every Voice and Sing by  J. Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954), Arr. Steph Davis

Brothers in Peace by Julie Spencer (b. 1962)

Merlin by Andrew Thomas

A la Orilla de un Palmar Traditional Mexican Folk Song, Arr. Nancy Zeltsman

See Ya Thursday by Steven Mackey

Intermission

Memory of the Woods by Akemi Naito (b. 1956)

Mother's Sacrifice by L. Viola Kinney, Adapt. Steph Davis

The Spirit & the Dust by Dinuk Wijeratne

Program Description

Solidarity is a concert of works by composers from many different cultural backgrounds and musical languages. In presenting such a wide variety of voices in one program, I hope to create a space for us to acknowledge the breadth of our collective struggle for freedom, and the interconnectedness of freedom movements around the world. This program is 60 minutes in length.

Instrumentation: solo marimba

 

 

pieces of mind

Program

Lift Every Voice and Sing by J. Rosamond Johnson, Arr. Steph Davis

improv by Steph Davis

Through the Looking Glass  by Steven Snowden

Year Without a Summer by Kirsten Volness

improv by Steph Davis

Motherless Child Traditional Negro Spiritual, Arr. Harry Burleigh, Adapt. Steph Davis

Mother’s Sacrifice by L. Viola Kinney, Arr. Steph Davis

improv by Steph Davis

I go to prepare a place for you by Steph Davis

improv by Steph Davis

Lyric for Strings by George Walker Arr. Steph Davis

Program Description

pieces of mind was conceived from my processing of multiple levels of trauma – generational, childhood, and ongoing. this is my response to the murder and abuse of Black people by police/medical/economic institutions, the destruction of our planet, and the COVID-19 crisis.  it is my hope that after interacting with this project, we can all engage deeper with the many pieces that contribute to our humanity. in doing so, we might even find peace of mind. This program is 50 minutes in length. 

Instrumentation: 2 marimbas, violin, bass clarinet, soprano

 

 

A Discourse on Black Identity

Program

Lift Every Voice and Sing by J. Rosamond Johnson, Arr. Steph Davis

Brothers in Peace by Julie Spencer

Merlin by Andrew Thomas

Registering My Oppositions by Barbara White

                                                    I. The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Stadiums by Steph Davis

Watch and Pray Spiritual, Arr. Undine Smith Moore, Adapt. Steph Davis

Deep River Spiritual, Arr. Steph Davis

Registering My Oppositions by Barbara White

                                                    II. Humbert/Jefferson Improvement Project

Walking Me to Work by Errollyn Wallen Arr. Steph Davis

In the Fire of Conflict - Christos Hatzis

 

Program Description

A Discourse on Black Identity is an interdisciplinary performance featuring the marimba and dance. Encompassed with narrative – explored in transitions, staging, and lighting – the divide between the audience and performers is blurred. Musical, visual, and physical representations of intersectional identities and experiences are vibrantly captured, including Black liberation, trans/queer identity, antebellum spirituality, police/racist violence, and sexual harassment

Instrumentation: marimba, vibraphone, 2 wood blocks, triangle, vibraphone, bass drum, crotales, dance

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