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Imani Uzuri: Hush Arbor (The Opera) Work-In-Progress Concert


Photo by Yossi Michaeli


Vocalist and composer Imani Uzuri has created a mercurial musical meditation on “liminality” (standing at the threshold) exploring themes of death, rebirth, impermanence and transcendence.

This contemporary chamber opera, is inspired by hidden gathering places called “hush arbors” created by enslaved African Americans in wooded areas in the South to secretly worship, commune and strategize rebellion.

The work features polyphonic singing, instrumental rumblings, poetic text and will consider the notion of the need for communion as a strategy towards deeper understanding and transformation of our human condition.

This work in progress concert  (featuring strings, voices, piano, flute, tambourine and guitars) will be followed by a conversation between composer Imani Uzuri and scholar Matthew D. Morrison, PhD.

Earlier Event: March 27
Stretch Music Intensive
Later Event: March 28
Stretch Music X Film