Concerto for Hammond Organ, Orchestra, Vocal Quartet and Chorus (2019)
Throughout the many eras of history, artists have presented genuine, visceral symbolic reflections and commentary upon their moment in history; creating time capsules for future generations to study and learn from. Today, as a composer of color living in the United States, I find myself doing the same, preceded by a deep history shrouded in darkness and struggle, but also great courage and light. The results of such a history present America with many challenges, but a generation of people more determined and capable of rising up to take them head on. I join other musicians, poets, painters, authors not only as a recorder of the times, but as a vehicle of change. I join the people who seek to create a future of enlightenment, spread visions of equality, hope and prosperity. This work is my homage to everything that makes the United States of America great, as well as everything we can do as citizens of this great nation to shape it for the better.
I invite you to take a look at the short series I made, The Hammond Concerto Project, which highlights the creation of this work and an in depth understanding of the personal journey this piece has led me on during my continued artistic endeavor to make the world a more inclusive place through the gift of music.
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