The Sounds of Struggle ONLINE w/Jon Jang
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The Sounds of Struggle: How Black Liberation Music (1955-1972) Impacted Me ONLINE w/Jon Jang
A Bay Area legend, pianist/composer/bandleader and public intellectual Jon Jang will give a 60 minute talk entitled The Sounds of Struggle: How Black Liberation Music (1955-1972) Impacted Me. Jang’s latest recording, The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance, is dedicated to revolutionary internationalist leaders and organizers Malcolm X and Yuri Kochiyama and features Jang’s work, Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter! In this presentation, Jang will discuss this latest work and also trace his personal history with the movement—from buying books and recordings about black revolutionary politics and black liberation music during his high school years in the early 1970s in white middle class Palo Alto, to his experiences as the sole Asian-American student performing in jazz ensembles at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. The concluding 30 minutes will include comments and questions from the audience.
Pianist, composer and bandleader Jon Jang is no newcomer to social justice issues. He’s taken up the mantle of human rights through his music, personal outlook, attitude and in action for many seasons. Recently, Mother Jones recognized the legendary pianist’s recording The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance: "(it is) more than a political project and powerful music…it’s a mirror to American history.” During the past four decades, Jang has composed significant works such as Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter!, and When Sorrow Turns to Joy -Songlines: The Spiritual Tributary of Paul Robeson and Mei Lanfang (co-composed with James Newton and commissioned by Cal Performances and SenseUS in collaboration with Max Roach). As a pianist, Jang has recorded with Max Roach, James Newton and David Murray and toured at major concert halls and music festivals in United States, Canada, Europe, China and South Africa in 1994, four months after the election to end apartheid.As a scholar and visiting artist, Jang has presented lectures such as The Sounds of Struggle: Music from the Black Liberation Movement of the 1960s to the Asian American Movement of the 1980s at Columbia University, Hamilton College, UCLA and others.
Links to recent interviews with Mr. Jang on this topic: