So What! – the Artistry of Miles Davis

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So What!
The Artistry of Miles Davis
March 12-June 4, 2016
Opening Reception:
Saturday, March 12, 3:00-6:00pm
Featuring live opening concert from 3:30-5:30pm by Project World Drum bringing together drummers and trumpeter Dr. Alfonse White, along with  electronic instruments to experiment with the Miles sounds during his fusion years in the 70s and 80s.
8th Annual Exhibition in WGSAC’s African-American Composers Exhibition & Music Education Series
The first exhibition of our 40th Anniversary year!
A creative innovator, Miles Davis is an improviser and composer, a painter and master practitioner of the trumpet—a true artist whose work both mutated and evolved with the times to influence multiple genres, from jazz to funk to hip-hop to rock and roll.
This exhibit of archival recordings, magazine articles, concert posters, original photographs, and a significant discography covers the life, work, and innovation of jazz master Miles Davis across eras from bebop and the birth of cool to electric experimentation and beyond. The materials exhibited are primarily drawn from the significant Alden Kimbrough Collection which has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. These include a discography of over 107 LPs, as well as 15 78s and 8 33s. There are also selected items from the collection of Billie Green as well as artwork by Ramsess, Norm Maxwell, and ShirtKingFade. Portrait murals by AISE and Patrick H. Johnson individually, and walls designed by the show’s curator, Ami Motevalli,  will create an immersive environment for the archival display. The life and work of Miles Davis is this year’s focus for The William Grant Still Arts Center’s Annual African-American Composers Series.
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