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Langston Hughes Project Performance
Embodying Langston Hughes at his best.
Insightful, Wise, Poignant, Funny and Soulful
The Langston Hughes Project - Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for
a masterwork written in twelve-parts by Hughes in the early
1960s. This production is brought to life in a multimedia production
is Langston Hughes at his best: insightful, wise, poignant,
funny and soulful. On stage the audience experiences the mood
of the Harlem Renaissance in this 800-line suite of poems illustrated
by the spoken word, accompanied by a live quartet and the large
as life visual illustrations on screen of Hughes' world through
his collaborators and contemporaries.
The work is described as a multimedia performance involving
spoken word artist, jazz quartet and a slide presentation of
images from the Harlem Renaissance. All of these components
occur simultaneously. This multimedia presentation recreates
Hughes's vision of the global struggle for freedom in the early
1960's. African American artists and photographers including
Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, and Romare Bearden link words
and music to a kaleidoscopic collection of images. Music director
and composer Ron McCurdy orchestrates the original musical based
on the music cues suggested by Langston Hughes.
Ron McCurdy is available to present masterclasses in addition
to the concert. Masterclasses can be tailored depending upon
the age group or duration allotted for the masterclass. We are
now accepting bookings for 2009-2010. The Langston Hughes
project, Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz, would be
ideal if you are planning for your Black History Month
Celebration, or any of your other programming needs.
For further information, please contact:
Pasadena, CA 91031
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