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Moor Mother and James Gordon Williams in Concert

March 6 @ 7:00 pm  |  Music Center Recital Hall – UCSC


Co-sponsored by the Arts Research Institute, the Humanities Institute, and the Institute of Arts and Sciences

Audiences are invited to explore Black Quantum Futurism and Ubuntu philosophy in this collaborative performance featuring Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother), an American poet and composer, and pianist and composer James Gordon Williams, an assistant professor of music at UC Santa Cruz.

Join us at 6:30 PM prior to the performance to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and a treat in the lobby.


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Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother) is a national and international touring musician, poet, visual artist, and Professor of Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music. Her work speaks to many genres from electronic to free jazz and classical music. Camae’s work has been featured at the Guggenheim Museum, The Met, Carnegie Mellon and Carnegie Hall, Documenta 15, the Berlin Jazz Festival, and the Glastonbury Festival. Through the lens and practice of Black Quantum Futurism the art she makes is a statement for the future, as well as a way to honor the present and its historic connections to a multitude of past realities and future outcomes.

James Gordon Williams is a dynamic composer, pianist, and cultural theorist. He has worked with artists Crystal Z. Campbell, Maria Gaspar, Fred Moten, Cauleen Smith, and Suné Woods. He has performed with pianist/composer Anthony Davis, bassist Mark Dresser, Joseph Jarman, Gregory Porter, George E. Lewis, Mark Dresser, Greg Osby, Charenée Wade as well as other musical luminaries. He held the piano chair for several years in the late Charli Persips’ Supersound band.

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March 6
7:00 pm


Music Center Recital Hall – UCSC
402 McHenry Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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