Fulcrum Point Giving Voice to Talented Artists of Color in "The Black Composer Speaks: Exortation!"

The work of composer/cellist Tomeka Reid, among others, will be showcased in a Fulcrum Point New Music Project concert highlighting prominent Black composers this February (photo courtesy of Fulcrum Point New Music Project).

One of Chicago’s leading proponents for new art music, Fulcrum Point New Music Project will present "The Black Composer Speaks: Exhortation!" at The Promontory (5311 S. Lake Park Ave., Chicago). The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10. 

Preceding the concert at 5:45 p.m., Fulcrum Point will host a panel discussion led by Steve Bynum, Senior Producer of WBEZ’s Worldview, to address inclusion and access in new art music with panelists Stephen Burns, Fulcrum Point's founder & artistic director and co-curator of last October’s Ear Taxi Festival; Seth Parker Woods, Fulcrum Point’s curator of Inclusion and Discoveries; Nathalie Joachim, flutist with eighth blackbird; Tomeka Reid, composer/cellist/scholar; and Sadie Woods, curator, DJ, Entrepreneur.

The Black Composer Speaks: Exhortation! takes audiences through the creative landscape of contemporary African American concert music by championing the music of three generations of artists, stylistically ranging from neo-classical to free improv, concerto to collaborative, Afrocentric to abstract.

Featured on this program, which highlights the close ties between tradition and innovation, is internationally acclaimed percussionist, composer, and jazz innovator Kahil El'Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, which was formed shortly after El'Zabar graduated from the school of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in 1976. A World Premiere by the widely acclaimed composer Tomeka Reid (2016 3Arts Awardee) bridges the program’s diverse musical stylings.

​Tickets to the performance are $25-35 and are available at promontory.com.