Hello from Music City. I have never lived in Nashville, but a piece of my heart rests here.
This Wednesday, February 13th, I will be performing my civil-rights inspired piece “Step by Step:The Ruby Bridges Suite” at City Winery with an amazing group of musicians—Brian Blade, Rahsaan Barber, Cremaine Booker, Lindsay Miller, Vicente Archer, Connye Florance, The TSO Choir, and the choral ensemble Portara led by Jason Shelton. The event is called "Darrell Grant & Friends.”
I can’t help but think, however, about one dear friend who will not be there.
In May, I was awarded a Regional Arts & Culture Council project grant for 21 Cartas, a song cycle based on letters written by mothers held at an immigrant detention center in Dilley, Texas. I am delighted to be collaborating with the luminescent singer/songwriter Edna Vazquez…
I am thrilled to share that my chamber opera on gentrification in Portland has been awarded a $90,000 Creative Heights grant from The Oregon Community Foundation. Slated for the spring of Third Angle New Music's 2019-2020 season, SANCTUARIES will use the rhythms of jazz and slam poetry to explore gentrification and the displacement of residents of color in Portland's historically African-America Albina district.