‘The Transformations Suite’ at MOCA Deals With Injustice in Words and Music

Transformations

Thu 4/20 @ 8PM

Pianist/composer Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes, who is in his mid 20s, has used his elite Juilliard education in an unexpected way. He created an ambitious project called The Transformations Suite, which draws upon music, poetry (created by Jeremie Harris) and theater to talk about the history of racial and social injustice and inequality in the U.S. and resistance to it. It’s just the latest of a number of projects in which he dedicates his artistic gifts to talking about issues of race, both historically and in contemporary society.

“Centered in the belief that there is a soundtrack to every revolution, the vision for this piece is that it will foster dialogue on social justice issues throughout the world, show how art can create social change, contribute to the powerful growing movement on behalf of black lives around the country, and empower all people —especially youth — to make their voices heard, “ he writes of The Transformations Suite.

Last fall, he released an album of the long-form piece, which he has performed at such venues as Columbia University, the American Museum of Natural History, the Harlem Arts Festival and Juilliard, as well as in Brazil. Now he’ll be bringing to MOCA Cleveland in partnership with Tri-C Presents. It’s $15 for MOCA members, $20 for non-members.

mocacleveland.org/TransformationsSuite

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