Singing for Movement Building workshop lead by Stephanie McKee and Kiyoko McCrae of Junebug Productions and Chen Lo (Creative Director) and Asante Amin (Musical Director) of Soul Science Lab, creators of Soundtrack ’63 co-presented by the CAC and Junebug Productions January 16-18, 2016.
This workshop will focus on the role that singing has played historically in organizing and movement-building in African American communities, with a particular focus on the use of Freedom Songs during the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South. Participants will share stories, learn songs and compose short vocal pieces combining elements of spirituals, freedom songs, blues, and spoken word that tell personal and collective stories of resistance and struggle. With permission from participants who are interested and willing, portions of the workshop will be recorded and edited in to a short “soundtrack” to be played prior to the performances of Soundtrack ’63 by Soul Science Lab on January 16-18, 2016 at the CAC.
Join us for refreshments at 6pm. The workshop will begin at 6:30pm.
Recording is not required for participation in the workshop. All ages are welcome.
Soul Science Lab (SSL)
Soul Science Lab (SSL), a music performance, production and education company with an empowering approach to self-expression formed by artist, educator and creative director, Chen Lo, and multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Asante’ Amin. Chen Lo has toured the globe performing and leading master classes for Jazz at Lincoln Center. A MetLife Meet the Composer award winner, Amin is a musical director ahead of his time. SSL’s current projects include: Chen Lo’s 2013 album Footprints Amin’s 2014 album The Visitor and Soundtrack ’63, a multi-media music production that explores the Civil Rights Movement through images, video, jazz, hip-hop, soul music and poetry.
To learn more about Soul Science Lab, visit www.soulsciencelab.com.
This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Community Fund. For more information: www.npnweb.org. Funding provided, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Louisiana Division of the Arts.