IN·​FLO·R​ES·C​ENCE brings together jazz musicians to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic



Observing how life has changed during the global outbreak.

A new online platform called IN·​FLO·R​ES·C​ENCE 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 Vald​é​s 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·R​ES·C​ENCE’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·R​ES·C​ENCE 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.

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