Freedom On The Move: Songs In Flight Preview At The Schomburg In Harlem

December 27, 2022

On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, you may want to check out the Freedom On The Move: Songs In Flight Preview at the Schomburg in Harlem.

Conceived and commissioned by Sparks & Wiry Cries, Shawn Okpebholo’s new song cycle, Songs in Flight, features works that respond to selected primary source materials from Freedom on the Move (FOTM) database.

The database consists of more than 30,000 “runaway ads” placed during the period of slavery and acts as written records of fugitive enslaved people.

Join us for a preview of Freedom on the Move: Songs in Flight at Schomburg Center. The free event includes excerpts from the new song cycle and a panel discussion with Shawn Okpebholo and the creative team that help tell the stories and contextualize items from the database that move us back and forth in time.

The program includes Dr. Tsitsi Ella Jaji, curator, and associate professor at Duke University and poet, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, soprano Karen Slack, countertenor Reginald Mobley, baritone Will Liverman, pianist Howard Watkins, and Dr. Ed Baptist, lead FOTM database historian and professor of history at Cornell University.

Free and Open to the Public

Songs in Flight is presented by Sparks & Wiry Cries in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Learn more about the January 12 premiere happening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, here 

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd New York, NY 10030


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