Timeless Portraits and Dreams: A Festival/Symposium in Honor of Geri Allen

Paine Hall, 3 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
Friday, February 16, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, February 17, 2018 (All day)
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Friday, February 16, 2018
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Keynote Address (with Q+A)
Delivered by Farah Griffin of Columbia University.
 
1:30 PM - 3:15 PM | Geri Allen and the Piano
Roundtable discussion on the topic of Geri Allen’s legacy as a pianist.
Participants: Vijay Iyer (moderator), Kris Davis, Jason Moran, Craig Taborn
 
3:15 PM - 4:30 PM | Carrie Mae Weems, Slow Fade to Black (2012)
Photographer talks with Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding, Slow Fade to Black, a commission combining Weems' photographs and Allen's music

Friday, February 16, 2018, 8pm
Paine Hall, 3 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Pianos for Geri
A performance curated by Vijay Iyer and featuring composer-pianists Kris Davis, Craig Taborn, Jason Moran, and Iyer in solo and duo configurations.

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
 
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM | Geri Allen as Scholar and Educator
This panel features Allen’s colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, with whom she was building an innovative Jazz Studies program.
Participants: Ingrid Monson (moderator), Aaron Johnson, Michael Heller, Yoko Suzuki
 
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Working with Geri Allen: her music and vision
Roundtable discussion on the topic of Geri Allen’s legacy as a pianist.
Participants: Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Davis
 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Geri Allen's place in History
Participants:  Ingrid Monson (moderator), Dwight Andrews, Don Byron, Ingrid Monson, Vijay Iyer
 
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM | Geri Allen and the Experimental
Participants: Oliver Lake, Vijay Iyer, Kris Davis
 
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM | Allen's Tribute to Mary Lou Williams at Harlem Stage and the Kennedy Center
Participants: Esperanza Spalding (moderator), S. Epatha Merkerson, Carmen Lundy, Kenny Davis
 
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM | Closing Remarks & Conversation
Participants: Vijay Iyer, Ingrid Monson, Esperanza Spalding 

Saturday, February 17, 2018, 8pm
Paine Hall, 3 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Geri: Genius, Grace and Fire
A performance curated by Terri Lyne Carrington and features Carmen Lundy, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, Kris Davis, Tia Fuller, and Yosvany Terry.

Tickets for the performances are free and will be available from the Harvard Box Office on February 7, 2018. Panel discussions are first come, first served.


Timeless Portraits and Dreams: A Festival/Symposium in Honor of Geri Allen is organized by Vijay Iyer, Ingrid Monson, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Esperanza Spalding.  Cosponsors of the Festival/Symposium include the Jazz Research Initiative of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the Music Department, Provostial Fund for Arts and Humanities, Harvard University Committee on the Arts, the Dean of Arts and Humanities, and the Office for the Arts, all units at Harvard University.


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