Jazz as Global Citizenship
Arturo O’Farrill will share from a series of lecture material that demonstrates how his creative practice is a reflection of his principles as regards social re-imaginings.
Jazz as Global Citizenry is the lecture where the bulk of the presentation will come from. The examples shared will come from his own compositions and from the history of musical activism in the classic jazz repertoire.
A presentation of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance history and mission will also take place.
About the Speaker
Arturo O’Farrill, pianist, composer, and educator, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Arturo’s professional career began with the Carla Bley Band and continued as a solo performer with a wide spectrum of artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 2007, he founded the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the performance, education, and preservation of Afro Latin music. Arturo’s well-reviewed and highly praised “Afro-Latin Jazz Suite” from the album CUBA: The Conversation Continues (Motéma) took the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition as well as the 2016 Latin Grammy Award (his fifth Grammy) for Best Latin Jazz Recording. In addition, his composition “Three Revolutions” from the album Familia-Tribute to Chico and Bebo also received the Best Instrumental Composition Grammy in 2018.