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TURNmusic with DBR

Flynn Center presents

TURNmusic with DBR

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  • Saturday, February 8, 2020, 8:00 PM


“A real musical adventure, beautifully and effectively performed.” —Times Argus

Plotting TURNmusic’s next turn, Ann Decker, the experimental chamber collective’s founder and director, charted two distinct paths in search of convergence. In the first, TURNmusic explores the entwined history of Native American and African cultures in post-colonial America, drawing on selections from storyteller/composer Valerie Coleman’s Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes. This is contrasted against the second path: the fusion of chamber music and funk. In this section, TURNmusic take on Trevor Weston’s Dig It, an homage to the insurrectionist dance music that soundtracked his youth—particularly fellow New Jersey natives like Parliament Funkadelic and the Jimmy Castor Bunch.

Inspired by this brew of American traditions, funk, collaboration, compassion, and revolution, the ever-restless TURNmusic perform these new arrangements alongside the Flynn’s first community artist-in-residence, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). Dating back to his celebrated Voodoo Violin Concerto, and continuing through his recent 24-Hour Protest Song—performed on Church Street in Burlington with local artists and activists over an unbroken daylong stretch—DBR has fused his refined classical background with earthy abstractions and the courser textures of jazz, funk, and hip-hop throughout his career.

TURNmusic’s record of celebrating the incredible work of local musicians and music creators (including the recently launched The Late Set, an aprés concert happening that reaches into Vermont’s rich creative community), makes them natural collaborators with the likeminded DBR. For this show, DBR grounds TURNmusic’s centuries-spanning set in the present, finding resonance in the issues and styles of the here and now.

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Funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is a NPN/VAN Partner of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN/VAN Artist Engagement Fund. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information visit Performances by Vermont artists are supported in part by the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Supported in part by the Concert Artists Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. Programming is supported by the Flynn endowment, Andrea’s Legacy Fund, and Everybody Belongs Fund.

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