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Talk - Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine

  • Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts 24 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

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This is a talk. The May 3rd performance Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine is presented at the Oberon. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. For more information, visit Harvard University Music Department

In conjunction with Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine presented by Harvard University Music Department, is a talk at the Carpenter Center Bookshop on May 2  with curator Naomi Beckwith, vocalist Julia Bullock, director Peter Sellars, composer Tyshawn Sorey will speak about Perle Noire its unique and poignant take on the iconic Josephine Baker and her brilliance, public courage, and private tragedies.

Conceived by Peter Sellars, with original music by Tyshawn Sorey and texts by Claudia Rankine, Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine  is an 85-minute, staged, one-act song-cycle featuring Julia Bullock as vocal soloist and living embodiment of the spirit of Joséphine Baker. Composer Tyshawn Sorey is joined by the International Contemporary Ensemble in an instrumental sextet that weaves composed music and improvisation together to create a seamless interplay between song, spoken word, dance, and contemplative instrumental interludes.