Art Politic

Art Politic

Date/Time
Friday, September 8, 2017 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm

FREE, all ages welcome
Venue TBA

CVM returns to JC Fridays with a program of music that makes a statement. The core of our performance will be Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, a minimalist beat-driven composition that uses text from a letter by Sam Melville in May of 1970. Melville was a prisoner at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York. His letter talks of “the inevitable direction of [his] life”, hinting at things to come. In September of 1971, the Attica Prison Riot took place, where 1,0000 prisoners taking control of the prison, held staff hostage, and demanded better living conditions and political rights. After four days of negotiation (with some demands met), the state police took control of the prison, resulting in at least 43 deaths, including that of Sam Melville.

CVM will also premiere Kevin Clark’s Census Americans, a new piece inspired by Coming Together. Census Americans has an ever-changing text, drawn live during the performance from the twitter bot Census Americans, which tweets descriptions of real Americans every hour. The musical material draws on protest songs written by the activist Joe Hill, and the structure of Coming Together, by Frederic Rzewski. This combination of descriptions of modern Americans and classic protest reminds us that a key part of what it means to be American is to constantly strive for positive change.

CVM works to ensure that our concerts are accessible to all. The venues we use are wheelchair accessible with restroom accessibility. If you require a special accommodation, are a wheelchair user attending our venue for the first time, or have specific questions contact us at least two weeks prior to your visit.

Con Vivo Music’s 2017 Season is sponsored by SILVERMAN.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of The National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.