In-Person Event: Jason Moran Artist Talk 01/15/22 @ The Holiday Theater, 6PM
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Saturday, Jan 15, 2021
THE HOLIDAY THEATRE
2644 W. 32nd Street
Artist and musician Jason Moran will be joined by Miranda Lash, MCA Denver’s Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, and Ron Miles, an internationally renowned trumpet and cornet player based in Denver, for a conversation discussing the evolution of Moran’s practice and his journey as an artist.Jason Moran’s exhibition Bathing the Room with Blues, currently on view at MCA Denver, presents artworks that celebrate jazz history and the importance of music and performance in Black culture and American life.
The exhibition debuts a series of works on paper where Moran places Japanese Gampi paper on a piano and uses saturated pigment to track the “attack” of his fingers upon the keys. The results are visual traces of a musical performance.
These works on paper are complemented by the presentation of Moran’s STAGED: Three Deuces, 2015. Inspired by the legendary club Three Deuces, located in midtown Manhattan, this sculpture pays homage to the history of bebop jazz in the 1940s and legendary musicians like Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker (aka Bird), and Max Roach who played out of the corner of this small jazz space. STAGED: Three Deuces features a Steinway Spirio player piano that will perform songs created by Moran. In addition, Moran highlights the jazz community of Denver and its inspired history through documentary materials and special performances that round out the installation.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Jazz pianist, composer, and performance artist Jason Moran was born in Houston, TX in 1975 and earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. Moran currently teaches at the New England Conservatory.
Moran is deeply invested in reassessing and complicating the relationship between music and language, and his extensive efforts in composition, improvisation, and performance are all geared towards challenging the status quo while respecting the accomplishments of his predecessors. His activity stretches beyond the many recordings and performances with masters of the form including Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, and the late Sam Rivers, and his work with his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen) has resulted in a profound discography for Blue Note Records. The scope of Moran’s partnerships and music-making with venerated and iconic visual artists is extensive. He has collaborated with such major figures as Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Stan Douglas, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker; commissioning institutions of Moran’s work include the Walker Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dia Art Foundation, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Harlem Stage, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Interviewer: Miranda Lash
Miranda Lash is the Ellen Bruss Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Lash has organized a wide range of exhibitions including Jason Moran: Bathing the Room with Blues; Keltie Ferris: *O*P*E*N*; BRUCE CONNER: FOREVER AND EVER (co-curated with Dean Otto); the retrospective Mel Chin: Rematch; Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms; and Swoon: Thalassa. In 2017 Lash and Trevor Schoonmaker co-organized the acclaimed exhibition Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art. From 2008 to 2014 Lash was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Lash currently serves as Vice President on the board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has been a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the curatorial advisory council for the international triennial Prospect New Orleans.
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