“I have never had a shortage of ideas for creating music.”
Jamey Robinson (b. 1973) has most recently performed a body of work titled “Buffalo Stance,” which are vignettes about dreams he has had or the elusive revelations that occur right before sleep. While developing this piece, for three months he recorded one new piece of music a day, in addition to working a day job and touring. He is working on a series, “You are Caught Within a Radiant Light,” about marriage. Each section is a wedding gift to different friends. One track, for example, reflects on the possibility of knowing you will love someone in advance because of Internet dating.
Robinson studied at the Berklee College of Music and the California Institute of the Arts. Formerly with musical art collective Need New Body, he recorded and toured the United States, United Kingdom, and Italy. While with the collective, he wrote songs to be performed in the context of that group. One such piece is “Outer Space”—written in homage to Robinson’s local hero Sun Ra. Marshall Allen and Tyrone Hill of the Sun Ra Arkestra recorded “Outer Space” with Need New Body.
2014 Pew Fellow and poet Thomas Devaney considers poetry an act of exploration. He answers our questions on collaboration, daydreaming, and more.
The William Way LGBT Community Center presents OutBeat: America’s First Queer Jazz Festival. The four-day festival will highlight intersections between sexual orientation, gender identity, and jazz history and culture.
Anna Weesner is an award-winning composer and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
Silvana Cardell is a choreographer, dancer and, educator, whose choreographic impulses are defined by her experience as an Argentine expatriate living, working, and raising a family in the United States.
Jenny-Sayre Ramberg is the Director of Planning and Design, Exhibits/Design, at the National Aquarium, Baltimore. In 2015, she served as a panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.
Warriors of the Wonderful Sound commissioned and premiered a composition from Muhal Richard Abrams, co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance.
Glen Weldon is a writer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
Recognized as one of the world’s leading conservatories, The Curtis Institute of Music (Curtis) was founded in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok. Curtis has educated and trained some of the most exceptionally gifted young musicians from around the world for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.
The possibilities of presenting a contemporary artist’s work posthumously will be explored in this discovery project dedicated to Julius Eastman, an African American composer who was active internationally in the 1970s and 80s, but who died at 49, leaving an incomplete but compelling collection of scores and recordings.
Mara Isaacs is the founder and director of Octopus Theatricals LLC, a company dedicated to producing and consulting in the performing arts.
The Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts, features The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program, established with arts colonies throughout North America.