Monday, April 20, 2015

Sergio A. Mims: Composer/conductor Renee' Baker discusses her new score for 'Body and Soul' on my WHPK-FM show Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Renee' Baker

Oscar Micheaux
Still from Body and Soul, 1925
Courtesy of Don DiNicola

On April 1, 2015 AfriClassical posted:

Sergio A. Mims writes:

I wanted to remind you that this Wednesday I will have live on my show composer/conductor and founder of Chicago Modern Orchestra ProjectRenee' Baker to discuss the screening of Oscar Micheaux's 1925 silent film Body and Soul with a new score written by her on Sunday April 26, 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.


Sun, Apr 26, 2015, 1–6:30 pm

Copresented with Black Cinema House

Talk, 1–3 pm
Flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, violinist/composer Renée Baker, media artist Ulysses Jenkins, film scholar Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, and film producer Don DiNicola discuss historical and current intersections of music, media, and social practice. Jenkins collaborated with Mitchell for her latest work for the Black Earth Ensemble, as part of her investigative reframing of progressive movements in history through music that transmits the voices of figures such as Harriet Tubman, Octavia Butler, and Michelle Obama. Baker, founder of Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, has composed a new score for DiNicola’s restored print of the race film Body and Soul (1925) by Oscar Micheaux. Stewart convenes them in a talk that considers black film and performance culture, lost and newly discovered, how its intersections with social progress movements change our received understanding of the role of the artist, and the extraordinary ways in which African Americans have staked their claim in advancing art and culture.

Screening, Ulysses Jenkins 3–4:30 pm
Jenkins introduces selections from his works, including Cake Walk, Two Zone Transfer, and Secrecy: Help Me to Understand. Jenkins created the expressionistic video and lighting for Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening (MCA Stage, May 2), her latest experiment of sound, color, and movement imagery inspired by Afro-futurist pioneers such as Octavia Butler.

Screening, Oscar Micheaux, 4:30–6:30 pm
Film producer Don DiNicola introduces his restored print of Micheaux’s Body and Soul (1925), which features a new score by Renée Baker. Following the premiere screening, they engage the public in discussion. The MCA premieres Baker’s chamber opera Sunyata: Towards Absolute Emptiness on May 3.

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