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THE NEW SCHOOL NEWS ‘Jazz Griot’ Among Illustrious Artists-in-Residence Randy Weston - In Retrospect - June 2015 - June 2016 Honoring Dr. Randy Weston in his 90th Year Randy Weston is one of the greatest living jazz musicians, an innovator and visionary who has performed on five continents, formed partnerships with the likes of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, and forged a unique sound that has brought African rhythms to the foreground of contemporary jazz. “It’s so important to teach the history of our music and the origins of our music, which comes directly from the African continent,” Weston says. “It’s so important to reach our young people. Musicians have to be historians, too.” Weston shared that history, as well as his wisdom and expertise, with students when he joined the School of Jazz as its artist-inresidence last semester. During his residency, the jazz guru participated in a lecture series exploring his music and the development of American jazz and its roots in Africa, lead an improvisation ensemble program, mentor students, and perform live. Throughout these activities, Weston was a strong conduit to the past, channeling the golden era of jazz in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the genre’s African origins. “In many cases, students aren’t taught the history of Africa or African music,” says Weston, a lifelong student of the continent’s culture and history. “I always say, if you want to learn the language, you have to learn the alphabet.” Mr. Weston was joined by other illustrious professional artists. Naila Al Atrash, a Syrian-born stage director and actor known for her challenging plays, which explore society, economics, and politics. She will guest-direct a play in the Eugene Lang College Theater Program. Imani Winds, a genre-defying Grammy-nominated wind quintet entering the second year of its residency at The New School. The group will conduct master classes, perform concerts, serve as guest lecturers in classrooms, and teach entrepreneurship in the performing arts. Nami Yamamoto, a renowned Japanese dancer and choreographer. She will create a new work for Eugene Lang College dance students, to be performed in their end-of-semester Fall Dance Performances. The Orion Quartet, a critically acclaimed string quartet that has been an artist-in-residence at The New School for the last decade. The group will lead master classes, perform concerts and offer private one-onone instruction to students. Andrew Balio, principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. During a daylong residency in October, he will conduct a master class, participate in a panel discussion on the future of classical music and of orchestral music, and perform a recital.
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