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PROCLAMATION! The Black Composer Speaks celebrates music by African American artists utilizing styles from neoclassical to free improvisation, concerto to collaborative, Afrocentric to abstract. Based on the award-winning treatise by David Baker, the program features three generations of brilliant African American musicians. 


The program’s key collaborators include internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El’Zabar with his Quartet, comprised of Robert Baabe Irving III, Dennis Winslett, and Harrison Bankhead—considered to be the most prolific jazz innovators of their generation. They will perform dramatic improvisatory works in collaboration with Fulcrum Point. We are thrilled to announce the world premiere of “becoming…” by award-winning composer Jeffrey Mumford. This concerto is a transcendent trip through cumulus clouds, commissioned for piano virtuoso Winston Choi. The program starts off with Alvin Singleton’s striking “In Our Own House” and Jessie Montgomery’s funky “Voodoo Dolz.” 


PROCLAMATION! The Black Composer Speaks is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit our New Music USA project page.


Location: Promontory Chicago


Promontory Chicago
5311 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60615

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