Concert Programs
please email me for booking: stephdavismusic@gmail.com

Balancing Rocks

pieces of mind

 

pieces of mind

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.

 

program:

Black National Anthem - J. Rosamond Johnson (arr. Steph Davis)

improv - Steph Davis

Through the Looking Glass - Steven Snowden

Year Without a Summer - Kirsten Volness

improv - Steph Davis

Motherless Child - Traditional Negro Spiritual (arr. Harry Burleigh, adapt. Steph Davis)

Mother’s Sacrifice - L. Viola Kinney (arr. Steph Davis)

improv - Steph Davis

I go to prepare a place for you - H.T. — Steph Davis

improv - Steph Davis

Lyric for Strings - George Walker (arr. Steph Davis)

 

program length: 50 minutes

instrumentation: marimba, violin, bass clarinet, soprano

equipment needs: Two 5.0 octave marimbas (Steph is a Marimba One Artist and must perform on a Marimba One instrument. Please contact Marimba One if you do not have one)

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A Discourse on
Black IdentitY

A DISCOURSE ON BLACK IDENTITY

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. 

 

program:

Lift Every Voice and Sing - J. Rosamond Johnson (arr. Steph Davis)

Brothers in Peace - Julie Spencer

Merlin - Andrew Thomas

Registering My Oppositions - Barbara White

                                                    I. The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Stadiums - Steph Davis

Watch and Pray - Traditional African-American Spiritual (arr. Steph Davis)

Deep River - Traditional African-American Spiritual (arr. Steph Davis)

Registering My Oppositions - Barbara White

                                                    II. Humbert/Jefferson Improvement Project

Walking Me to Work - Errollyn Wallen (arr. Steph Davis)

In the Fire of Conflict - Christos Hatzis

 

program length: 1 hour

instrumentation: marimba, crotales, bass drum, tam-tam, 2 woodblocks, triangle, electronics, soprano, cello, dance

equipment needs:

- 5.0 octave marimba (Steph is a Marimba One Artist and must perform on a Marimba One instrument. Please contact Marimba One if you do not have one)

- large enough space for dance

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SOLIDARITY

SOLIDARITY

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

 

program:

Black National Anthem -  J. Rosamond Johnson (arr. Steph Davis)

Brothers in Peace - Julie Spencer

See Ya Thursday - Steven Mackey

Nancy - Emmanuel Séjourné

A la Orilla de un Palmar - Ana Gabriel (arr. Nancy Zeltsman)

Mother's Sacrifice - L. Viola Kinney

The Spirit & the Dust - Dinuk Wijeratne

 

program length: 1 hour

instrumentation: solo marimba

equipment needs:  5.0 octave marimba (Steph is a Marimba One Artist and must perform on a Marimba One instrument. Please contact Marimba One if you do not have one)