February 2007

African American Museum of Philadelphia701 Arch Street
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Price: Performance Free with Museum Admission
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Saturday, February 10, 2007 - 8:00pm

Dave Burrell Trio

Dave Burrell, piano
Abayomi Awodesu, belaphon
Juju Jones, percussion

"Veteran pianist Dave Burrell personifies the best of neoclassicism, uncompromising individuality and in-the-moment gusto." -The New Yorker

Join us for an evening of amazing music as we premiere an original musical composition by jazz great and Rosenbach artist-in-residence Dave Burrell. Using the Rosenbach's African American collections as an inspiration, Dave has written a new composition that provides a musical counterpart to the objects and ideas in the Look Again exhibition. This performance is co-presented by Ars Nova Workshop at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

From the horrors of the slave trade to the struggle for equality and justice, stories about race are among the central narratives of American culture from its beginning to the present. No significant historic era in this nation has gone untouched by the oppression of racism or the African American community's struggle for dignity. It follows, then, that the extraordinary collection of American historical materials at the Rosenbach Museum & Library would include abundant evidence of the African American experience.

The first major exhibition at this museum to engage this subject, Look Again attempts not to display merely a category of "African American collections" but, instead, to re-examine all of its American historical collections. By inviting you to join us in re-looking at and re-thinking the books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts in the collection through the lens of the African American historical experience, we ask you to explore African American history as inseparable from American history.

Since the mid-1960s, Dave Burrell has contributed to nearly 150 recordings including pivotal works such as Archie Shepp's Attica Blues, Pharoah Sanders' Tauhid, Marion Brown's Three for Shepp and Grammy Award-winner David Murray's Lovers and Ballads. A recipient of the Pew Fellowship in Jazz Composition, Burrell's recent releases include Expansion with his Full-Blown Trio with William Parker and Andrew Cyrille - which was nominated as The Village Voice's #2 Jazz album of 2004 -, the reissue of 1970's After Love (Universal Records) featuring Roscoe Mitchell, and Consequences, his first recording with Medeski, Martin and Wood percussionist Billy Martin.

Presented by The Rosenbach Museum and Ars Nova Workshop.