Samora Pinderhughes and a small jazz ensemble will perform at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse on Feb. 2.
MIAMI – Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a worldrenowned pianist and composer who has performed at the White House, the Blue Note, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and Carnegie Hall.
He has also toured internationally with Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Jose James, Harvey Mason, Emily King, and other artists.
His projects include The James Baldwin Essays: Examining the American Dream Narrative, commissioned by Harlem Stage; I’m Still Here:
Letters on Trauma & Healing, for the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue; The Migration of Protest: Meditations on Jacob Lawrence, for the Museum of Modern Art; and Billy Strayhorn: The Music of the Sutherland Period, for the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
Pinderhughes is bringing his talents to Miami, thanks to Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art and Design (MOAD); which will present The Transformations Suite, a genre-defying musical tour de force by the rising young composer and pianist. Performed by Pinderhughes and a small jazz ensemble, The Transformations Suite combines words and music to paint a picture of America today—tragic and indicting, but ultimately, hopeful.
The Transformations Suite will have one performance at the Miami Light Project at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. It paints a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States and beyond. Pinderhughes has spent the past five years writing, recording, and producing this work, which combines music, theatre, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within communities of the African diaspora.
The project connects contemporary issues – such as the prison industrial complex and the Black Lives Matter movement – with the history of revolutionary movements of color. Centered in the belief that there is a soundtrack to every revolution, The Transformations Suite intends to foster dialogue on social-justice issues throughout the world, show how art can promote social change, contribute to the powerful growing movement on behalf of black lives around the country, and empower all people—especially youth—to make their voices heard.
The Transformations Suite is part of Living Together, an exciting cross-disciplinary series of programs that will from Jan. to Sept. – galvanize Miami audiences with thoughtful and challenging performances and exhibitions that draw from art, music, theater, politics, and poetry.
Spread across the city at a wide array of venues, the series features performances, exhibitions, film and video screenings, readings, talks, and workshops that will reflect the cultural, social, and political realities of how we live now. Living Together seeks to find new ways to think about civic space and citizenship, to instigate actions and conversations that may help us to reimagine our cities and our lives.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suite
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Miami Light Project at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 N.W. 26th St.
COST: $15 general admission; $10 MDC faculty and staff; $5 students with ID; free to MDC students. Tickets at MDC’s MOAD website at http://www.mdcmoad.org/.
CONTACT: To view the full schedule of events, visit: http://www.mdcmoad.org/.