Free, streamed by Suoni TV at suoniperilpopolo.org
The African diaspora’s contribution to European art music has been substantial; however, a history of white supremacy and racial oppression has largely erased their contributions. With this concert, Music Gallery, Innovations en concert, Western Front, Music on Main, NOW Society, Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, and Suoni Per Il Popolo collaborate to bring an online performance of two major works by African-American composers, performed by Canadian artists, to audiences worldwide: Julia Perry’s “Stabat Mater” (1947) and Julius Eastman’s “The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc” (1981).
Les Angles Mortes is a Montréal-based ensemble directed by Julie Richard that revives marginalized classical works composed by African-American women. The ensemble rediscovers, re-contextualizes, and sometimes reimagines these works so that they will not be forgotten and so that they can take their place in the history of contemporary music. They will present a version of Julia Perry’s “Stabat Mater”.
Toronto-based cellist Amahl Arulanandam is known for his musical versatility and ability to adapt to many different genres. From baroque music to heavy metal, in studios, small clubs and large concert-halls, Amahl hopes to convey that musical expression is beyond genres and labels. In this prerecorded performance, he plays all ten cello parts of “The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc,” written by Julius Eastman.
This event is part of Trading Places: Un Échange, an annual partnership of Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, Music on Main, NOW Society, Suoni per il Popolo, and Western Front.