Radical Commitments | Performances

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Radical Commitments | Performances || Radcliffe Institute

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis

A cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women lead discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century using the life and work of the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

5:03) “Ode to Angela” by Harold Land
15:59) “Sam Jones Blues” by Bessie Smith, composed by Andrew Bernard, J. Russel Robinson, and Roy Turk
20:10) “Pirate Jenny” by Nina Simone, composed by Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, and Kurt Weill
27:45) “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, composed by Lewis Allan
35:03) “Ostinato (Suite for Angela)” by Herbie Hancock

Stefon Harris, jazz vibraphonist

Vijay Iyer, Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Nicholas Payton, jazz trumpeter and instrumentalist

Cécile McLorin Salvant, jazz vocalist

Esperanza Spalding, professor of the practice of music, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Musical director: Terri Lyne Carrington, founder and artistic director, Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice