In honor of Black History Month, Idyllwild Arts Academy will again present its annual Black History jazz concert, which is free and open to the public. The event is the brainchild of Idyllwild Arts iconic Jazz Program founder Dr. Marshall Hawkins, together with Dr. Daniel Bassin (IA Director of Orchestras), and will be hosted by the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging committee. This year’s theme is the “Replacement of the Drum,” reflecting both the hardships and triumphs black Americans have experienced in the United States when drums, a principal form of communication in Africa, were taken away during slavery. Africans in America had to fashion different types of drums and percussion instruments from whatever materials they could gather, profoundly reinventing and reshaping music for generations to come.
The concert will feature Dr. Marshall Hawkins’ Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra (MoJO), which he formed in 2002, joining the school’s own Jazz and Classical music students, faculty, and alumni along with a plethora of professional guest performers for this highly anticipated event. If you can’t make it in person, join the livestream! Don’t miss it!
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