Jazz Studies doctoral candiates Benjamin Barson and Samuel Boateng will premiere an original work, The Migrant Liberation Movement Suite, which highlights the combined effects of climate change and economic inequality in driving mass migration. Performances take place on October 11 and 12 at the New Hazlett Theater as part of the Community Supported Art (CSA) series.
The work will feature dancers, singers and actors as well as a 15 piece band (including Afro Yaqui Music Collective), and includes as its collaborators professor Cynthia A. Croot, Head of Performance in Pitt's Department of Theatre Arts, as well as choreographer Peggy Myo-Young Choy (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and librettist Ruth Margraff (School at the Art Institute of Chicago). Ethnomusicology candidate Danielle Maggio will provide stage management for the performances.
Read more about the ambitious suite and the Afro Yaqui Music Collective in Recital.