The Transformations Suite: An Interactive Workshop
Join Samora Pinderhughes and the Transformations Suite musicians in an immersive, interdisciplinary workshop on the 22nd of April, following their performance in the Winifred Smith Hall on the 21st.
Artists of all mediums (film, music, dance, drama, visual art, creative writing, theater production etc.) are welcomed and encouraged to participate this event.
About the Suite:
On October 12, 2016, composer, pianist and director Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes releases his striking and acclaimed project, The Transformations Suite. Continuing in the tradition of artists like Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, and Tupac Shakur, the suite paints a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States and beyond.
Pinderhughes has spent the past five years writing, recording, and producing The Transformations Suite, which combines music, theatre, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within communities of the African diaspora. The themes of the suite move through five distinct phases: Transformation, History, Cycles, Momentum (parts 1 and 2), and Ascension.
Within this framework, the project connects contemporary issues, such as the prison industrial complex and the Black Lives Matter movement, with the history of revolutionary movements of color. The composition builds a bridge between the past and the future – all within the context of poignant, beautiful, and sweeping moments created by the suite’s music. The powerful lyrics consist mostly of original poems by actor and poet Jeremie Harris, augmented by contributions from Pinderhughes, Saul Williams, and Tupac Shakur.
The Transformations Suite has been performed throughout South America and the U.S., at venues including the American Museum of Natural History, the Harlem Arts Festival, Juilliard, UC Irvine, NYU, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Gallery, MoMA, and Columbia University. Most recently, the project was featured as part of Blackout for Human Rights’ #MLKNow event which was viewed by over 500,000 people and trended #1 on Twitter.
Centered in the belief that there is a soundtrack to every revolution, the vision for The Transformations Suite is that it will foster dialogue on social justice issues throughout the world, show how art can create social change, contribute to the powerful growing movement on behalf of black lives around the country, and empower all people – especially youth – to make their voices heard.
The release of The Transformations Suite will be preceded by an event called “Black Male Re-Imagined”, a project co-presented by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, where The Transformations Suite will serve as the prism through which artists and activists reflect on the current state of our nation. This event, doubling as the album’s release show, will take place on October 11 at The Kennedy Center.
The Transformations Suite will be released worldwide on October 12, 2016.
You can find the album on iTunes, Bandcamp, and all other outlets.
You can also find the singles “Momentum, pt. 2” and “Cycles” for free on Soundcloud;; and special free bundles of the whole album will be available for youth organizations, activist groups, and schools.
“Wonderful...an absolutely gorgeous piece of music. A huge undertaking;; a nuanced, delicate, and powerful perspective on heavy and important topics."
- Anna Deavere Smith
"An urgent and powerful record by one of this generation’s most captivating composers. Not to mention an incredibly formidable player – Samora's command of the piano is out of this world! A must have record for anyone interested in progress. Musically or otherwise.."
- Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
“Samora Pinderhughes calls for reappraisal of black life's value in ‘The Transformations Suite’... it is a five-part tone poem, arranged over meticulously created big band jazz instrumentals, with aims to provide a motivational and emotional engine to push forward the mission of Black Lives Matter."