Imani Uzuri: WILD COTTON
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Called a “post-modernist Bessie Smith” with “a voice that would sound equally at home on an opera stage or a disco 12-inch” (Village Voice), the composer and vocalist Imani Uzuri creates concerts, experimental theater, performance art, theater compositions, chamber-orchestra compositions, and sound installations. She made her Lincoln Center debut as a part of American Songbook in 2016 and her work has been or will be presented across the world at the Performa Biennial, France’s Festival sons d’hiver, London’s ICA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park SummerStage, Ecstatic Music Festival, Joe's Pub, The Blue Note, The Whitney Museum, The Public Theater, and MoMA. She has collaborated with an eclectic array of artists, including Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Vijay Iyer, Robert Ashley, and Carrie Mae Weems. Her breakthrough album The Gypsy Diaries, influenced by Sufi and southern music, received overwhelming critical praise.
For this free performance at the David Rubenstein Atrium, she performs her new improvisational conceptual project WILD COTTON, which explores the undocumented soundscapes of enslaved Black-American ancestors that still haunt us today.
Additional players: Kassa Overall (drums)
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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