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Photo: Clay Patrick McBride
Performance

Jason Moran

Related Exhibition SOFT POWER

Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box, Floor 4

Free with museum admission.
Space is limited. Admission to this performance is on a first-come, first-served basis. This program takes place on January 19 and 26.

In addition to his dynamic works on paper in SOFT POWER, composer and artist Jason Moran will present a performance on piano in dialogue with the exhibition. Motivated by his conversation with dream therapist and poet IONE and linguist jessie little doe baird included in the exhibition catalogue, Moran’s presentation considers the radical potential of the dream state as a waking vision state in which information is transmitted between dimensions of reality to affect a contemporary moment. Moran will take us on this journey in a solo presentation in the round.

About the Artist

Jazz pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran is from Houston, Texas. A student of Jaki Byard at the Manhattan School of Music, Moran was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2010. He has performed and/or recorded with Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Marian McPartland, Don Byron, Bunky Green, Sam Rivers, and many others. He has written scores for Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ava DuVernay’s films Selma and 13th, and has collaborated with visual/performance artists Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Adrian Piper, Stan Douglas, and Kara Walker. With bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, his group The Bandwagon challenges the status quo in improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique, and experimentation. His many recordings include Soundtrack to Human Motion, All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats WallerTENBlack Stars, and The Bandwagon. Moran teaches at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and is artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.