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Diaspora: The Future of Concert Music

A generation under fire, this specific project serves as a means of examining and expressing Black identity through the concert medium. Building a sense of community between artists and audiences, exploring personal narratives of the Black experience and reflecting the needs of communities through new concert works is our aim.

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin and now The Fire This Time compiled by Jesmyn Ward have been a large inspiration to the social justice movers and shakers of the United States. Both of these works address the Black experience from a decade apart. Very few things have changed with the injustice that is imposed upon the diaspora of Black and African communities.

Furthermore, as we seek to explore and address social and political issues through music, it has become increasingly apparent that the voice of the young Black composer has been stifled in an art form that is quite visibly white and male. In that right, this is an opportunity for artists and a community to come together and create works that are reflective and record the compelling instances of their experience.

Through Diaspora, we seek not only to engage compositionally and musically with our communities, social fractures, and political junctions but hope to generate conversation and seek real social engagement and dialogue through the arts.

This project enters new territory. The world of music knows the experience and music of people of African descent prior to the 1980’s, but the tides have changed. Race, Religion, Politics, Sexism, among others are structures that still reinforce schisms and lack of community in the Black experience. Diaspora aims to serve as the communal therapy session for a breakthrough in true, social activism.