Words and Vibrations
(2020)

“It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live."
- Nina Simone

In this series of online performances, Harris seeks to weave the spoken word of orators, activists, and teachers with compositional melody, harmony, and rhythm. The intent is to paint a broader and artistic perspective of our humane and inhumane historical choices.

The Gravity of Time

A Kevin Harris (keys) and Steve Langone (drums) collaboration

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This music collaboration stems from the desire to present a short documentation of the time-lapse from the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by President Lyndon Baines Johnson to the national civil rights injustices of 2020.

It’s an invitation to consider in what ways American citizens' rights to justice and equality have advanced or regressed.

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An innovative memorial of Breonna Taylor

A Kevin Harris (keys) and Jason Palmer (trumpet) collaboration

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In reflecting upon the recent cases of injustices, trumpeter Jason Palmer composed a sequence of musical notes that visually spell out Breonna’s name, while pianist Kevin Harris created shapes and harmonies to accompany the sequence of those notes and letters.

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From Caterpillars to Butterflies

A Kevin Harris (keys) and Steve Langone (drummer) collaboration

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The 3rd installment of 'Word and Vibrations' combines Harris and Langone's musical composition with statements taken from Dr. Jane Elliott’s classroom exercise “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes” held in 1968.

It is an invitation to evaluate our choices, to be aware, and to intentionally address discrimination.

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