The Langston Hughes Project: Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz
The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes's kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, which features the Ron McCurdy Quartet. Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz is Hughes' homage in verse, music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming -- a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death. By way of videography, this concert performance links the words and music of Hughes’ poetry to topical images of Ask Your Mama's people, places, and events, and to the works of the visual artists Langston Hughes admired or collaborated with most closely over the course of his career
The Langston Hughes Project is designed to share the brilliance of Langston Hughes via his composition, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. Langston Hughes was first and foremost a storyteller. He had the ability to bring people together with his writings often pointing out our similarities rather than our differences. While much of his writings were focused on the African Diaspora, his message and stories resonated with people of all races, religions and creeds. It is our hope that the LHP will inspire people to become even more curious about our past and to gain an better understanding how we as a people can learn to live, work and play better together. Another aspect of our mission is to help students connect the social, political and historical dots. It is our wish that students will leave our concerts with a heightened level of curiosity about their own heritage and others and construct ways to engage in acts that will help build better culturally informed communities throughout the world.
No Outside Food or Drink
No Video Recording Devices