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HAIR & OTHER STORIES
Jawole Zollar and Urban Bush Women, along with director Raelle Myrick Hodges and comedic writer Keisha Zollar, will be developing HairStories 3.3, a multidisciplinary, evening-length work that addresses matters of race, gender identity, and economic inequality through the lens of hair, primarily that of African American women.
A new evening-length work placed in a fictional Kansas City jazz club that will explore creating a site-responsive piece that provides the audience with an immersive and participatory experience. Scat singing and vocalizations will support the physical, musical and verbal storytelling with live vocals and a small band. SCAT! is an expansion of Hep Hep Sweet Sweet, a work UBW Founder/Visioning Partner, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Dramaturg, Talvin Wilks, collaborated on in 2014 - 2015. The original composition was created by Craig Harris and is performed by some of New York's finest musicians. This new work will be designed to be performed and sustained long-term in a club setting. Zollar’s family migration story, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and Zollar’s research regarding the Great Migration, along with the other works in UBW’s migration series serve as inspiration for SCAT!
Walking with 'Trane
This piece offers two unique experiences, SIDE A and SIDE B, inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of John Coltrane, a composer at the forefront of jazz innovation in a racially-charged America of the 50’s and 60’s. Informed by the unpredictability of the bandstand, the “Band State,” the scary, risky place that potentially extends into “transcendence,” this ethereal investigation lives within multiple layers of Coltrane’s music, Coltrane’s spirituality, Coltrane’s life…
SIDE A: JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH ‘TRANE, is a conjuring of Coltrane’s essence, based in rooted understandings of his music and “known” traditions pushed into heightened performance “states,” from cool to hot, from ancient field hollers to gospel cadences, strange reed riffs drive a spiraling physical journey through echoes of the blues, bebop, hard bop, free jazz, scored in a dazzling array by Phillip White.
SIDE B: FREED(OM), is a free-fall suite of “states,” exploring the artistic imprint of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, a riff on pursuance, plunging into the depths of Coltrane’s formidable legacy with diagonal pulls, suspended silences, chaotic spirals, and ultimately, transcendence, inside of a masterful musical composition by George Caldwell played live.
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