“Freedom Now” Details

Cave Canem’s 20th anniver­sary and the Schom­burg Cen­ter, for their year-long explo­ration of the Black Pow­er Move­ment, will present  an inter-gen­er­a­tional, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­for­mance based on the musi­cal com­po­si­tion of jazz com­pos­er and drum­mer Max Roach’s 1961 Free­dom Now Suite. “Free­dom Now!” will fea­ture Cave Canem co-founders Toi Der­ri­cotte and Cor­nelius Eady and Black Arts Move­ment icon Sonia Sanchez, with a spe­cial appear­ance by New York City-based youth poets. The evening’s artis­tic direc­tor will be composer/performer and Cave Canem fel­low Kar­ma Mayet John­son. Mem­bers of the  Burnt Sug­ar Arkestra Cham­ber will fur­nish the piece’s musi­cal foun­da­tion.  Musi­cians and poets share the stage for the dura­tion of the per­for­mance to deliv­er their own orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions as well as excerpts of texts from Audre Lorde and Hen­ry Dumas.