“What exactly is the nature of musical listening if ‘what we mainly hear, or hear
corroborated . . . are personal, private, vanishing evocations’? What are the possibilities for encouraging the collective aspects of listening when ‘the man who creates the music is hearing something else’?” These are some of the questions that Radiclani Clytus, quoting James Baldwin, explores in his essay “Phenomenal Listening: The Art of Jason Moran” for the Fall 2020 issue of The Georgia Review. Join us on February 18 to continue this dialogue virtually as moderator Gerald Maa (editor and director of The Georgia Review) and Clytus further discuss key works by the jazz pianist and conceptualist in conjunction with Moran’s current Luhring Augustine exhibition, The Sound Will Tell You.
The Sound Will Tell You presents Moran’s new works on paper. For these vibrant, textured works, he placed sheets of Japanese Gampi paper on a piano to record his various attacks on the keys with layered lines of saturated pigment. Coinciding with the exhibition, Moran released a new solo piano recording under the same title, inspired in large part by his reading of Toni Morrison during this period of pandemic and social unrest.
Radiclani Clytus works at the intersections of new media and nineteenth-century American literature and visual culture. He has written extensively on transatlantic abolitionist imagery and is the editor of two prose compilations by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. His first documentary feature, Looks of a Lot (2014), premiered at the Hirshhorn National Museum of Modern Art. He also directed a short film documenting Moran’s collaboration with Kara Walker (performing as Karaoke Walkrrr) during the 2012 Whitney Biennial, Improvisation with Mutually Assured Destruction, which can be seen on The Georgia Review’s new online platform, GR2.
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When: Feb 18, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)