Geri Allen & Carrie Mae Weems: Slow Fade to Black with Esperanza Spalding / Terri Lyne Carrington / Lizz Wright / Patrice Rushen
Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn
The great pianist GERI ALLEN and the world-renowned photographer and video artist CARRIE MAE WEEMS team up for this special world premiere commission. SLOW FADE TO BLACK combines Weems’ arresting projections with an astonishing night of music featuring Allen’s new trio with fellow jazz giants ESPERANZA SPALDING and TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON, her regular group Timeline, LIZZ WRIGHT, PATRICE RUSHEN, the Howard University vocal group AFRO BLUE, the tap dancer MAURICE CHESTNUT, and many surprises. Weems, who has a major three-decade retrospective coming to the Guggenheim Museum in the fall of 2013, explores issues of gender, race, and identity in her work. These themes inform Slow Fade to Black, in which live performance and video will comingle on stage and screen in unimagined ways. The night promises to be unlike anything that has ever happened at Celebrate Brooklyn!, or anywhere else.