Furious Flower

Lineage: The Margaret Walker Song Cycle

Sat, 2 Apr 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Lineage is a new musical work that incorporates the poetry of Margaret Walker and the music of composer Randy Klein. This song cycle is presented in an exciting forum of a concert with multimedia video projections that correspond ot the images present in the poetry. The presentation also includes rare footage of Ms. Walker speaking her poetry. These art songs paint musical impressions to match the resulting poet’s words.

From the composer’s notes:

Margaret Walker honed her skills in the 1930s radicalism building on the intellectual and cultural legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. Her identity was further shaped by her teaching experiences at segregated schools in the South in the 1940s and 1950s; the Black Arts and Black Power movements in the 1960s and 1970s; and the black women’s renaissance of the 1980s and 1990s. She remained a self-identified Southern writer all of her life, which offered her a unique perspective for thinking and writing about gender, race, and globalization. Her biography analyzes the contradictions that she faced in a life lived on and off the page, observing a fluid boundary between art and activism. Ms. Walker’s papers show her to be the “twentieth-century voice of the South,” an extraordinary woman who shared an intimate relationship with a century of profound social change. I am driven to capture that voice in my composition.

See photos from this performance on Flickr.

Lineage Event Poster

Presented by Furious Flower Poetry Center.

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