Presented by Texas Performing Arts
Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters
James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin
Part of TPA’s 40th Anniversary Season
Pianist, composer, bandleader, and MacArthur “Genius” recipient Jason Moran grew up in Texas and has become established as one of the most original voices on today’s jazz scene. Moran is active not only in music, but also in visual arts, film, performance art, theatre and dance – leading Rolling Stone to say that “Jason Moran is shaping up to be the most provocative thinker in current jazz.” Moran makes his Texas Performing Arts debut with his acclaimed meditation on the life and legacy of early jazz pioneer James Reese Europe.
On New Year’s Day 1918, James Reese Europe, an iconic figure in the evolution of African-American music, landed in France with the Harlem Hellfighters. This crack military music ensemble popularized the new spirit of jazz to a war-torn French nation fascinated with black culture.
More than a century later Jason Moran celebrates this hero of black music through a highly personal reflection on the impact of the African-American presence in Europe in the closing years of World War I, and its resonance abroad and in the US. The performance features Moran’s celebrated Bandwagon trio complemented by a seven-piece horn section, contributions from artist/director/screenwriter John Akomfrah, and visual materials from acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young.
Performance: Nov. 5, 2021, at 7:30 pm
To make special arrangements for your course, contact:
Brenda Simms, Program Coordinator, Education & Curriculum Development, Campus & Community Engagement
Date and Time
McCullough Theatre 2375 Robert Dedman Dr. Austin Texas 78712