New York University
Artist in Residence
Each year the Institute
of African-American Affairs brings internationally acclaimed Black
artists, including writers, musicians, visual and performing artists, to
the NYU community. During their residency, the artists participate in
academic seminars, offer public presentations of their work, and meet with
students and faculty. As with past participants-Salif Keita, Danny Glover,
Anna Deavere Smith, Walter Mosley, Jayne Cortez, Amiri Baraka-
Randy Weston's residency is designed to foster stimulating intellectual
and creative exchange.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Moderated by jazz critic and educator Willard Jenkins, this presentation
will explore the nature of sound as it relates to the Egyptian universal
axiom / principal of vibration as discussed at length in the book Ancient
Future: The Teachings and Prophetic Wisdom of the Seven Hermetic Laws of
Ancient Egypt by Anthro-photojournalist Dr. Wayne B. Chandler. The impact
of various tones and frequencies in the field of healing, music, human
anatomy, and shifting into greater states of spiritual consciousness will
be explored. Joining Jenkins and Chandler will be Weston and renowned
musician Min Xiao Fen.
Film Screening and Conversation
Combining live performance, interview and dramatic sequences, this
celluloid montage, shot around the world, documents Weston's music and key
events in his extraordinary life. Joining Weston for the post-screening
conversation will be noted dancer and choreographer Andrea E. Woods and
scholar Yaa lengi Ngemi. Columbia University Professor Robin D.G.Kelley
will serve as moderator.
Presented with the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at
Inspired by the great Cuban drummer Chano Pozo, Randy Weston's music
reflects his lifelong quest to understand and incorporate the power of the
drum in his creations. Featuring distinguished scholars C. Daniel Dawson,
Wesleyan University Professor Abraham Adzenyah, Boricua College Professor
Joseph Gaines, and legendary musicians Chief Bey, Candido Camero, and
Neil Clarke, the panel will investigate the importance of the drum in
world culture with a particular focus on the drum in Africa and the
An Evening with
Randy Weston African Rhythms
Quintet and Souloworks/Andrea
E.Woods & Dancers.
The common ground for both Weston and Woods is their unquestionable joy in
and commitment to reflecting the creative, cultural and spiritual message,
beauty, dignity and power of the African Diaspora with music and dance.
This event is hosted by NYU Professor Manthia Diawara, director of the
Institute of African-American Affairs.