Con Vivo Music returns to JC Fridays to present “Art Politic”, a concert of modern chamber music composed in response to socio political issues, including the Attica Prison riot, murder rates in Chicago, the Iraq War, a letter by J.S. Bach to his city council, and what it means to be an American. The concert will be performed by a unique 8-person ensemble of voice, violin, cello, saxophone, guitar, bass, keyboard and percussion.
Staged in the Council Chambers of Jersey City’s City Hall, this concert will feature Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, a minimalist beat-driven composition that sets text from a letter by Sam Melville, a prisoner at the Attica Correctional Facility, hinting at “the inevitable direction of [his] life”. Two months later the Attica Prison riot took place. 1,0000 prisoners overtook the prison and held staff hostage for four days until the state police took control of the prison, resulting in at least 43 deaths, including that of Sam Melville.
CVM will also premiere Kevin Clark’s Census Americans, a work with ever-changing text drawn from the twitter bot Census Americans, which tweets descriptions of real Americans every hour using U.S. Census Bureau data. The musical material draws on protest songs written by the labor activist Joe Hill, reminding us that a key part of what it means to be American is to constantly strive for positive change.
Performed by Robert Maril (voice), Dan Lippel (guitar), Evan Runyon (electric bass), Adrianna Mateo (violin), Meaghan Burke (cello), Zach Herchen (saxophone), Kevin Cummines (keyboard), and Joe Bergen (percussion).
Part of Art House Productions’ JC Fridays.
Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Season is sponsored by SILVERMAN.
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.