For This Year's Joyful Noise — Since We Can't Be Together
This is our fourth Interlude. The performance was recorded in 2016. Historic and recent events have been brought into the video and they are both important and timely. I tear up every time I listen to these young voices and watch the images that cross the screen. Watch, listen and you will see what I mean.
This year we will be unable to bring you our annual Joyful Noise Gospel Concert that celebrates the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior with the Harlem Gospel Choir. But next year on Saturday, January 15, 2022 we will be back at Sanders Theater – so mark your calendars now!
Coming this week to the gallery:
Moved to Act!
Co-Curated by Ellen Feldman & Marky Kauffmann
Moved to Act! is an exhibition of photographs by outstanding artists across the US that serves as an important statement of our determination and power to fight for justice for ourselves, and all people, in all our differences.
Other Pieces in Our Interlude Series
This is our third in a series of offerings. Recorded in April at the beginning of the pandemic, "Stream" is a solo saxophone improvisation with looping electronics by Ken Field. It was recorded for inclusion in the online Cambridge Arts "Stream" Festival, which replaced the planned in-person River Festival. The piece captures the frustrating sense of isolation that many of us feel, while simultaneously evoking the beauty of our shared community and world.
Ken Field is a Cambridge-based composer and musician whose group, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, has performed both nationally and internationally, including at the Multicultural Arts Center. He also leads the Ken Field Nonstandards, a "super-group" that includes Yoron Israel, Helen Sherrah-Davies, Mike Rivard, and Amy Bellamy (and sometimes Jeff Lockhart). This group was also scheduled to perform at the cancelled River Festival in June.
Field is the President of the Board of JazzBoston, hosts a weekly radio program on WMBR & WOMR, and is on the organizing committee for the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. He was named a Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Interlude: Justice for Breonna Taylor: Duos in Dedication
This is our second in the Interlude series of offerings, and we hope you take the time to listen to this beautiful and haunting musical dedication to Breonna Taylor, the innocent African-American woman killed in Louisville, Kentucky.
This piece is one of 14 duo tracks — with accompanying videos— that are part of a larger project called "Justice for Breonna Taylor: Duos in Dedication." This project is Boston-based trumpeter and educator Jason Palmer's way of responding to one of today’s most difficult issues through jazz music. Throughout the project Palmer collaborates with different musicians. In this piece, jazz pianist Kevin Harris adds his own sound to Palmer's basic solo track that appears in each of the 14 pieces.
Kevin Harris has performed at the Multicultural Arts Center and with Jason Palmer and others at the River Festival in Cambridge at the Jazz, Blues and R&B Stage which is produced and hosted by the Multicultural Arts Center for the last 12 years.
Interlude: Historia de un Amor
Saxophonist/composer Marco Pignataro created a beautiful, haunting video to accompany an improvisational exploration of "Historia de un Amor" by Panamanian composer Carlos Eleta Alamarán. This stunning work was created in duo with Jazz Pianist/composer Laszlo Gardony.
Both musicians are on faculty at Berklee College of Music and have performed at both the Multicultural Arts Center’s Jazz Club and at the Cambridge River Festival on the Jazz, Blues and World Music Stage, which the Multicultural Arts Center organizes, helps produce and hosts each year.
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