The Transformations Suite
Composed by Samora Pinderhughes
The Transformations Suite is a composition in five movements, combining spoken word and music. Continuing in the tradition of artists such as 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. It connects the experiences of all members of the African Diaspora both musically and socially, examining notions of art, oppression, spirituality, resistance, faith and love.
The Transformations Suite connects contemporary issues, such as the prison industrial complex and the Black Lives Matter movement, with the history of movements of color, building a bridge between the past and future.
The Suite has been performed throughout Brazil and the U.S. at venues including the American Museum of Natural History, the Harlem Arts Festival, Juilliard, NYU, Joe's Pub, the Jazz Gallery, and Columbia University.
Centered in the belief that there is a soundtrack to every revolution, the vision for this piece 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 people-- especially youth-- to make their voices heard.
The Transformations Suite features some of the most prominent and talented voices of the current jazz generation.
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes - Piano, Vocals
Jules Latimer - Spoken Word
Jehbreal Muhammad Jackson - Vocals
Howard Wiley - Tenor Saxophone
Clovis Nicolas - Bass
Chukwudi Hodge - Drums