August 26, 2020
Observing how life has changed during the global outbreak.
A new online platform called IN·FLO·RES·CENCE is bringing together musicians to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. The multi-platform project is being hosted on the website of London not-for-profit gallery The Showroom, as well as on dedicated Instagram and Vimeo pages.
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For the project, ten composers — J.D. Allen, Bokani Dyer, Sarathy Korwar, Nduduzo Makhathini, Siya Makuzeni, Elaine Mitchener, Corey Mwamba, Thandi Ntuli, Luis Carlos Pérez, and Leyanis Valdés Reyes — have been tasked with creating a one-minute solo piano piece responding to the changes to daily life they’ve observed during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The compositions will subsequently be interpreted and performed by IN·FLO·RES·CENCE’s first artist-in-residence, Elio Villafranca.
These evolved pieces will be complemented by a series of recorded conversations between the musicians themselves, as well as with interdisciplinary artist Evan Ifekoya, theorist and filmmaker Kodwo Eshun, journalist Kevin Le Gendre and more.
As part of the project, jazz musician Jason Moran will be in conversation this Wednesday 26th August with Villafranca and IN·FLO·RES·CENCE co-curators Elvira Dyangani Ose, Reece Ewing, and Katherine Finerty discussing the relationship between music and art. Head here for more info.
IN·FLO·RES·CENCE will run until the 3rd October.
Head here to find out more.
Banner image: Elio Villafranca by Kasia Idzkowska, courtesy of the artist and The Showroom, London.