Jazz and Social Justice Session 6: Samora Pinderhughes – Mass Incarceration, Trauma and Healing
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a composer/pianist/vocalist known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues.He will perform songs from “The Transformations Suite” and his upcoming “The Healing Project.” Following the music, host Larry Blumenfeld will moderate a discussion with Pinderhughes and activists about the realities surrounding the prison-industrial complex, and how arts can change narratives and reveal truths in the effort to end mass incarceration.
As a composer, pianist and vocalist, Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center, and has toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Gretchen Parlato, Common, and Emily King. He is the first-ever 2018 Arts for Justice + Soros Justice Fellow, given to him in support of his upcoming project “The Healing Project”. He also recently received a Chamber Music of America New Jazz Works Grant for an untitled work to be premiered in 2019. He is a 2018 artist-in-residence at Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater.
Jazz and Social Justice: A Salon with Music
This series connects the music we love with the social issues that matter to us all. Each salon blends live performance with conversation between artists, activists, and experts. Curated and hosted by journalist Larry Blumenfeld, whose previous NJMIH programs discussed Afro-Cuban influence and HBO “Treme.”