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Kennedy Center Presents Three “Jason+” Performances by Jason Moran

Cross-disciplinary works feature Jason Moran, Jyoti, artists Joan Jonas and Theaster Gates

The Kennedy Center will present three multimedia performances in January and February as part of its Jason+ series which pairs Jason Moran, the Center’s Artistic Director for Jazz, with notable artists from other disciplines.

Muldrow Meets Mingus

On Saturday, Jan. 28, emcee and singer-songwriter Jyoti (Georgia Anne Muldrow) and Moran celebrate the music and influence of Charles Mingus in Muldrow Meets Mingus, a newly commissioned work that spans music genres and styles. The performance starts at 8 p.m. in the Crossroads Club.

Reanimation

On Saturday, Feb. 4, Moran joins visual artist Joan Jones in Reanimation, a performance art piece featuring interaction of the artists via narration, painting, video, movement and sound. The work is inspired by author Halldór Laxness’s novel Under the Glacier. The performance starts at 8 p.m. in the Family Theater.

Looks of a Lot

On Friday, Feb. 24, sculptor and installation artist Theaster Gates and Moran collaborate in Looks of a Lot, a series of blues compositions performed within a set designed by Gates. This work, exploring themes of music and healing in the context of contemporary life, premiered in May 2014 at Chicago Symphony Center. The D.C. premiere features musicians from Chicago’s Kenwood Academy High School as well as vocalist Katie Ernst and saxophonist Ken Vandermark. The performance starts at 8 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater.

In a press release sent to JazzTimes, Moran notes of the artists, “They are each icons of their fields whose work shares timely narratives around politics, climate, and violence. I’m proud to have them as collaborators this season as these are dreams made into potent realities.”

For more information on these events and to purchase tickets, visit the official Kennedy Center website.

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