Creative Voices: Composing for Racial Justice – Samora Pinderhughes with Marcus Shelby

November 17, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Creative Voices

hosted by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and Community Music Center

This series pairs Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF) artists and Community Music Center (CMC) faculty to engage in musical dialogue and conversation about their music and its role in community—inspiring action and cultivating well being.

Join us for inspiring dialogue with these brilliant artists in the Creative Voices series:

Composing for Racial Justice – Samora Pinderhughes with Marcus Shelby

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 5:30pm


Berkeley-raised, Juilliard-trained pianist/composer Samora Pinderhughes gained national attention with The Transformations Suite, a multimedia project exploring the radical history of resistance within the communities of the African Diaspora. Currently pursuing a PHD in Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry at Harvard University under mentor Vijay Iyer, he joins San Francisco bassist/composer Marcus Shelby in a conversation about composing for racial justice. YBGF’s resident artist Shelby has created a celebrated body of work for his orchestra inspired by a multi-faceted array of Black life, from legendary abolitionists and civil rights leaders to Negro League baseball. He has directed CMC’s tuition free Teen Jazz Orchestra since 2013. Moderating the discussion is Preston Justice, YBGF’s house emcee and the programmer of OMCA Friday nights.

This event will be conducted online via video conferencing.

RSVP HERE to sign up to receive the link to join, emailed prior to the start of the discussion.


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