Keynotes and General Sessions

Friday Keynote Address: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Friday, January 18, 2019 | 9:30-11:45 AM | Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

Ta-Nehisi Coates
photo by Nina Subin


Maurine Knighton

Maurine Knighton

Terri Lyne Carrington

Lecolion Washington

Lecolion Washington

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer in residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. Ta-Nehisi is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. He is also the current author of the Marvel comics The Black Panther and Captain America.

This session is sponsored, in part, by a generous gift from Louise K. Smith.

SPEAKER: Ta-Nehisi Coatesjournalist, author, distinguished writer-in-residence at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

IN CONVERSATION WITH: Maurine Knighton, program director for the arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Followed by an ARTISTS PANEL:

Terri Lyne Carrington, jazz drummer, composer, educator, Founder and artistic director, Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

Lecolion Washington, bassoonist, co-founder of PRIZM Ensemble, Executive Director, Community Music Center of Boston

 *Please Note: This session will have additional security procedures in place. All bags will be inspected upon entering and no attendee will be allowed into the session without a Conference badge.

Saturday General Session: We Have Voice Collective

Saturday, January 19, 2019 | 10:30-11:45 AM | Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

In this discussion, members of the We Have Voice Collective will speak about their approaches, goals, open letter, We Have Voice Code of Conduct, their future initiatives, and will hold a space for ample dialogue with the audience around these issues within.

We Have Voice is a collective of 14 musicians, performers, scholars, and thinkers from different generations, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, gender identities, economic backgrounds, religious beliefs and affiliations. Together, they are determined to engage in transformative ways of thinking and being in their creative professional world, while being ingrained in an inclusive and intersectional analysis. Their focus is to bring awareness to issues of inequity, including but not limited to sexual harassment and bullying, and to shift the cultural landscape within their community to foster awareness, inclusion, and the creation of safe(r) spaces for all.

We Have Voice Collective: Fay Victor, Ganavya Doraiswamy, Imani Uzuri, Jen Shyu, Kavita Shah, Linda May Han Oh, María Grand, Nicole Mitchell, Okkyung Lee, Rajna Swaminathan, Sara Serpa, Tamar Sella, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tia Fuller

We Have Voice

We Have Voice

Sunday General Session: Honoring the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

Sunday, January 20, 2019 | 10:45 AM-12:00 PM | Majestic Ballroom, 5th Floor

henry threadgill pix

Henry Threadgill

Larry Blumenfeld

It is with great pleasure that Chamber Music America honors one of the most influential and venerable musical organizations of our time with the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, saxophonist, flutist, and longtime AACM member Henry Threadgill will appear in conversation with Larry Blumenfeld, jazz and culture reporter for The Wall Street Journal. AACM members Amina Claudine Myers (solo piano) and The AACM Trio (Adegoke Steve Colson, piano; Reggie Nicholson, drums; and Ernest Dawkins, alto saxophone) will perform. The Award will be presented to Ernest Dawkins from the Chicago Chapter and Richarda Abrams from the New York City Chapter.

Amina Claudine Myers

Adegoke Steve Colson

Reggie Nicholson

Ernest Dawkins

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