Featuring the workshop premiere of Arturo O’Farrill’s new piece Little Tiny Walls, and a panel discussion including Mr. O’Farrill, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Roberto G. Gonzales, and student musicians from Harvard, Berklee College of Music, and New England Conservatory
Six-time Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, educator, and founder and Artistic Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Arturo O’Farrill will be visiting the Harvard campus in late February. A musician of deep social conscience, all of Arturo’s music is written with a person, cause, or community in mind. A ferocious collaborator of musicians of many styles, as well as the dance idiom, Arturo’s latest project is entitled “Little Tiny Walls” and will feature musicians from Mexican folkloric styles, Afro-Latin jazz, and Euro-classical traditions, collaborating and playing literally across the border wall between Mexico and the United States. One of the key concepts behind this piece is that Trump’s Presidency has already exploited and exacerbated many borders, walls, and divisions in our society - without building any physical structures. This four-movement piece is still being written, and the event will be the workshop premiere of sections of this piece, featuring student musicians from Harvard, Berklee College of Music, and New England Conservatory.
In addition to the premiere, a panel discussion about how art and politics are interacting under this administration around issues of immigration policy, identity and the undocumented in America will include Arturo, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Roberto Gonzalez, and others.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No registration required.
Harvard DACA Seminar, Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Office For the Arts at Harvard, the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership