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Harlem Stage and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Present The 2nd Annual Stretch Music Festival March 27th-31st
(Published: March 26, 2018)

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Stretch Music Residency at Harlem Stage

The 2nd annual Stretch Music Festival Includes:
FREE Pop-Up Concert, Music Workshop, "Samaria" Film Screening, Jazz: Then And Now Conversation Series, and Concert Series

March 27-31, 2018

New York, NY- Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 30 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2018 season of performances. The season is curated by Monique Martin, newly appointed Director of Programming for Harlem Stage and features artists as #Disrupters, who take creative risk. They reflect the times via a range of artistic genres, offering audiences the chance to experience legendary performers and rising stars.

Harlem Stage is thrilled to continue its partnership with Edison Award-winning and Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah to re-establish jazz as a social music through the Stretch Music Residency. This second year of Adjuah's residency will feature the 2nd annual Stretch Music Festival, a FREE Pop-Up Concert at Silvana's restaurant, a FREE intensive class, a screening of the film "Samaria," and Jazz: Then And Now conversation series, in addition to kicking off an exciting series of humanities and online engagement activities taking place from March 27 - 31.

The series kicks off on March 27th with Harlem Stage's first ever FREE Pop-up performance taking place at Silvana's Restaurant featuring Stretch Music's Sarah Elizabeth Charles and hosted by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Ms. Charles will perform music from her latest album ‘Free of Form'. During the day, musicians and jazz lovers can participate in a FREE immersive music class and jam session at Manhattan School of Music.

On March 28th, the screening of "Samaria" will be followed by a discussion between Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who composed the music for the film, and Samora Pinderhughes, composer of "Whose Streets," the award-winning film directed by Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis. Moderated by Producer/Director Lisa Cortès.

On March 29th, Jazz: Then and Now is a conversation series, that brings together innovative thought leaders in the field in dialogue on the history, the present and the future of jazz. Ethnomusicologist Fredara Hadley PhD. will moderate what promises to be a rich conversation between Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Stefon Harris, Director of the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program. The conversation will be preceded by a performance by the Manhattan School of Music's Mingus Ensemble.

Closing out the series on March 30th and 31st will be performances by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and his band, in addition to bands led by The Curtis Brothers, Max Moran and Neospectric, Lawrence Fields, Kris Funn and special surprise guests. The second year of the Stretch Music festival emphasizes musicians who push the boundaries of jazz as they reach back into the past creating bridges to the present. Rhythms such as Kassa Soro from Mali, that predate the transatlantic slave trade as well as Salsa and Son which came after can be found in Blues, Funk, Trap, Hip Hop and Stretch Music. Ancestral recall of the bata, dun and djembe drums show up. New forms created from these rhythmic bridges inform the future of jazz music in all of its complexity.

The Stretch Music Residency is organized by Harlem Stage in partnership with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.

The Stretch Music Residency is a part of Harlem Stage's WaterWorks program. WaterWorks is supported by Ford Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Lambent Foundation, SHS Foundation and Bob and Eileen Gilman Family Foundation.

Stretch Music Festival artists are supported by Jerome Foundation.

Stretch Music Festival Lineup

Stretch Music Intensive
Tuesday, March 27
1:00pm-4:30pm
Tickets: FREE w/ RSVP
https://www.harlemstage.o...

Calling all music students, lovers of music and emerging musicians. Join us for a FREE immersive workshop with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and his incredible ensemble as part of the Stretch Music Residency with today's most creative improvisers and learn about the Stretch Music App.

Hosted by Manhattan School of Music.
Manhattan School of Music 120 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027 - Bossi-Comelli Studio

Stretch Music Pop- Up Concert
Tuesday March 27, 2018
9:00pm-11:00pm
Tickets: FREE
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah hosts and evening of new music from The 1st Lady of Stretch Music: Sarah Elizabeth Charles & SCOPE at Silvana Restaurant. This FREE Pop-Up concert aims to connect Harlem Stage and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah to the Harlem community in a deeper way. Ms. Charles will perform music from her latest album ‘Free of Form'.
Silvana, 300 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026
 
Stretch Music X Film
Wednesday, March 28
7:30pm
Tickets: $10
https://www.harlemstage.o...

Stretch Music X Film
Wednesday March 28, 2018 7:30pm $10
Join us for a screening of award-winning screenwriter and director Kiel Adrian Scott's, new short film "Samaria". The film explores themes of identity and representation as we examine the intersection of jazz and film.  
Samaria is the story of Rosary, a young woman, in desperate need of kindness, torn between the worlds of the haves and the have-nots. Following a devastating natural disaster, Rosary, a now homeless white-collar worker, must hide her indigence from those she works for and her employment from those she lives with, withholding who and what she is to survive.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who composed the music for the film, and pianist and composer Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes. The discussion will be moderated by producer and director, Lisa Cortes

Jazz Then and Now: A Conversation with Christian Scott and Stefon Harris
Thursday, March 29
7:30pm
Tickets: $15
https://www.harlemstage.o...

Jazz Then and Now is a conversation series, presented as part of the Stretch Music Residency that brings together innovative thought leaders in the field in dialogue on the history, the present and the future of jazz.
Ethnomusicologist Fredara Hadley PhD. will moderate what promises to be a rich conversation between Christian Scott aTunde Adjua and Stefon Harris (Associate Dean and Director of the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program.

The conversation will be preceded by a performance by the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program.

Uptown Nights: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah presents The Stretch Music Festival
Friday March 30 & Saturday March 31
7:30pm
Tickets: $25
Fri March 30: https://www.harlemstage.o...
Sat March 31: https://www.harlemstage.o...

The second year of the Stretch Music festival features Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and his band along with musicians who push the boundaries of form as they reach back into the past creating bridges to right now. Rhythms such as Kassa Soro from Mali, that predate the transatlantic slave trade as well as Salsa and Son which came after can be found in Blues, Funk, Trap, Hip Hop and Stretch Music. Ancestral recall of the bata, dun and djembe drums show up. New forms created from these rhythmic bridges inform the future of jazz music in all of its complexity.

This year's festival will feature bands led by The Curtis Brothers, Max Moran and Neospectric, Lawrence Fields, Kris Funn and special surprise guests.

This work was supported by a Building Demand for the Arts implementation grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Patricia Cruz, Executive Director, Harlem Stage, said "I welcome Harlem residents, New Yorkers, and visitors to join us at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse for this fresh and special spring season, which offers a diverse, unique array of artists and genres."

Monique Martin, Director of Programming, Harlem Stage, said "The arts have and continue to be a steady mooring during tumultuous times. This season's theme #Disrupters is an act of resistance against apathy and isolation speaks to our individual and collective responsibility to create the world we want to live and thrive in."

TICKETING INFORMATION
Box Office Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).
Box Office Hours: Regular box office hours are 10AM-3PM Monday through Friday, except on performance days when the box office remains open until one hour after the start of the performance.
By Phone: 212.281.9240 ext. 19
Online: www.HarlemStage.org

ABOUT HARLEM STAGE
Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem's cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For over 30 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation's leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 1,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

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