November 13, 2013 Press Release

 

The Red Black & Green Revolutionary Eco-­Music Tour!

February 19­-22, 2014

Vermont

The Red, Black and Green Revolutionary Eco­-Music Tour will perform the music of two legendary and influential big band jazz composers: Cal Massey, a leading 1960s African­ American composer whose lonost magnum opus “The Black Liberation Movement Suite” is one of the 20th century’s great undiscovered lon­form works; alongside famed composer, political activist, ecosocialist and, “Best baritone saxophonist of all time” (The New Yorker) Fred Ho, who be showcasing the world premiere of his newest work, “The Revolutionary Gardens of Harlem Suite: A Tribute to Clifford Thornton.”

The Red, Black & Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour Blog is up! 

The Red, Black & Green Revolutionary Eco-Music Tour Blog is up! 

The tour will collaborate with Vermont's premier performing Arts institutions, across a diverse spectrum of urban and rural locales, including the University of Vermont’s Lane Series, BARNArts in Barnard, Johnson State College’s Art and Music program, the Goddard College Concert Series, and the Governor’s Institute in Vermont. It is sponsored by the Vermon-based Canaday Foundation and Goddard College. 

Alongside the musical performance of these two majestic suites, Clare Dolan, veteran of the Bread and Puppet circus and director of the Museum of Everyday Life, will present a new Cantastoria work on the life and work of Cal Massey, the legacy of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, and their relevance and resonance in Vermont.

The 16-­piece Eco-Music Big Band includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians, including bass trombonist Earl McIntyre (Duke Ellington, Mel Lewis/Thad Jones), trumpeter Winston Byrd (Paquito D’ Rivera, Clark Terry), and Fred Ho’s saxophone protégé Ben Barson (Arturo O’Farrill, Craig Harris). Tenor saxophonist and distinguished jazz scholar Salim Washington (Pharoah Sanders, Randy Weston) will be accompanying the tour as performer and a speaker, having worked with the music of Cal Massey for decades.

World War 3 Illustrated comic on Haiti

The tour will also launch the release of Truth And Dare: A Comic Book Curriculum for the End and the Beginning of the World, a graphic novel written by the environmental and social justice advocacy nonprofit Ecosocialist Horizons, and featuring artwork from the internationally renowned comic collective World War Three Illustrated. Both a comic book and a teaching tool, this affordable comic book for all ages will promote a popular understanding of the ecological and social challenges humanity faces, and the political and economic strategies to find solutions.


2014 Tour Dates & Locations:

February 19, 7:00pm (Free) 

Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College, Johnson, VT | 802.635.1476 

 

February 20, 7:30pm (Free)

Southwick Recital Hall, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT at the Redstone Campus 

384 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT | 802.656.3131 

 

February 21, 7:00pm (Free)

First Universalist Church and Society of Barnard 

6211 Route 12 Barnard, Vermont | 802.332.6020

 

February 22, 8:00pm ($10 in advance)

Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College

123 Pitkin Rd Plainfield, VT | 800.468.4888


About the Producers and Sponsors:

This tour is organized by Scientific Soul Sessions, a multi generational group united by the drive to pre figure a new society, celebrating the unity of culture and politics. 

Truth And Dare is produced by Ecosocialist Horizons, an organization dedicated to building a united front for social and environmental justice. 

Goddard College, a cosponsor of this tour, was founded in 1863 in Barre, VT, and moved to its current Plainfield campus in 1938. Goddard College’s mission is “to advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration, and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.” 

For more information, contact tour­ coordinator Ben Barson: 973.896.7697 | benjaminbarson@gmail.com.