Music: Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber 20th Anniversary
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber celebrates twenty years of one-of-a-kind performances. Entitled NOTHING IS: How Sun Ra, Amiri Baraka, and Octavia Butler Supercharged the Black Arts With Post-Apocalyptic Cosmic Consciousness, the evening opens with 1960s and 1970s Black Power anthems in conjunction with our special exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Then, noted author and critic Greg Tate offers an interactive lecture on the cross-influence of politics and music during the Black Power era. BSAC closes with selections from Volume Two of their recently released Twentieth Anniversary Mixtapes Groiddest Schizznits trilogy.
Performers include Greg Tate (conduction, guitar, laptop), Bazaar Royale (vocals), Carl Hancock Rux (vocals, spoken word), Shelley Nicole (vocals), Mikel Banks (vocals), V. Jeffrey Smith (tenor saxophone, effects), Avram Fefer (soprano and tenor saxophones), Vijay Iyer (acoustic piano, electronics), Leon Gruenbaum (keyboards, samchillian), Ronny “Head” Draytone (guitar), André Lassalle (guitar), Ben Tyree (guitar), James “Biscuit” Rouse (trap drums), and Jared Michael Nickerson (electric bass).
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