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Art as Activism | with Thornton EDGE

March 2, 2016
7:30 PM

USC Thornton School of Music
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Los Angeles, CA


Great ideas create change. Great ideas empowered with the megaphone of art are capable of immense social change. Music has long been a catalyst for change: 1972 John Lennon wrote and performed a song about the wrongful imprisonment of activist John Sinclair — Sinclair was released from prison hours later. Nina Simone’s introverted sinuous melodies about death and injustice — these sounds pull emotionally under the rib cage more than any politician’s speech could. For Visions and Voices 2015 Los Angeles’ new music ensemble wild Up and Thornton EDGE present a multimedia happening exploring the power of music and art as seed for social change.


John Lennon: John Sinclair arr. Schankler

Fredrick Rzewski: Attica

Julius Eastman: Stay On It

Ted Hearne: Brownie You’re doing a heck of a job from Katrina Ballads

Andrew McIntosh: Inch and Mile

Nina Simone arr. McIntosh: Strange Fruit

Louis Andriessen: Workers Union