Matthew Shipp and William Parker Play Together at BAsics Event
(Published: March 17, 2011)
"On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics:
A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World"
Monday, April 11, 7pm Harlem Stage
at Aaron Davis Hall, on the campus of the City College of New York
150 Convent Avenue @ 135th Street
#1 trains to 137th Street and Broadway; or by bus: #100 or #101 from 125th Street
Matthew Shipp, William Parker, David Murray, and Ruby Dee along with approximately a dozen other artists and authors, will be performing and participating in "On the Occasion of the Publication of BAsics: A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World." This will be an unprecedented and much-needed evening of music, visual art, poetry and readings, celebrating revolution and the vision of a new world, occasioned by the release of BAsics, From the Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian.
The host committee, in association with Revolution Books, includes Aladdin, actor and playwright; Paul Von Blum, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, African American Studies and Communication Studies, UCLA *, Herb Boyd, journalist and author; Elaine Brower, National Steering Committee of World Can't Wait* and anti-war military mom; The Committee For the Defense of Human Rights, founded by the SF8; Carl Dix, founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party; Jessica Green, media maker and co-director, Maysles Cinema*; Nicholas Heyward, Sr., father of Nicholas Heyward, Jr. (murdered by the NYPD in 1994), Russ Jennings, theatre producer and writer; Erin Aubry Kaplan, journalist and author; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp, St. Mary's Church, Harlem*; Mike Ladd, mc and poet; Philip Maysles, visual artist, co-director, Maysles Cinema*; Matthew Shipp, musician; Cornel West, Professor of Religion, Princeton University*; Robert M. Young, film maker and David Zeiger, film maker. (* for identification purposes only)
Initial list of event participants and performers includes musician Guillermo Brown; Richard Brown, co-founder of The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, founded by the SF8; Ruby Dee; poet and playwright reg e. gaines; Moist Paula Henderson, baritone sax player and composer; jazz musician David Murray; Outernational; Abiodun Oyewole from The Last Poets; Ted Rall, cartoonist & author and jazz musicians Matthew Shipp and William Parker. The night will also include readings of letters from prisoners responding to Avakian's words, and the ideas of revolution and bringing into being a new world. These will be interspersed with people's own reflections (from the stage or via video) of what it means to them to celebrate revolution and the vision of a new world and readings of quotes from BAsics.
Bob Avakian is a serious revolutionary leader and wide-ranging thinker. He is the leader of a party and a movement aiming to make revolution when the possibility opens up. He is someone who, in the words of Cornel West, "is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism."
$35 general admission, $15 students (with ID) and unemployed, $100 premium
Tickets can be purchased from Revolution Books or Harlem Stage.
More Information: http://www.revcom.us/a/227/host_statements-en.html