Conversation with Jason Moran: Exploring “American Classics”

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When: Thur, Dec. 7, 7:30PM
Where: Georgetown University РDavis Performing Arts Center, 37th & O Sts. NW , Washington, DC
Cost: Free
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In his first event as Distinguished Artist in Residence at Georgetown University and as part of an ongoing series of events exploring “American Classics,” celebrated musician, composer and artist Jason Moran will discuss his ongoing investigations into the spaces inhabited by jazz performance and the residue it leaves behind.

His recent exhibition STAGED, including works shown at the Venice Biennale in 2015, recreated architectural elements associated with historic Jazz venues in New York from the 1940s and 1950s, such as the Savoy Ballroom and the Three Deuces, that no longer exist. For Moran, Jazz is an exuberant art form, part of the living lore of the city, and an embodiment of the restlessness characterizing American society in recent years.

His multivalent works examine the highly-charged intersections between music, art and social history. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010, Moran, an electrifying jazz performer, is also the Artistic Director for Jazz and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

 

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