Midwest BSFA member Napoleon Maddox talks to jazz musician Graham Haynes about Afrofuturistic music ahead of IsWhat?!’s next installment of “The Deconstruction Period” at Woodward Theater on May 23.
Jazz musician Graham Haynes, son of legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes, will guest conduct the next installment of The Deconstruction Period on May 23 at Woodward Theater in Over-the-Rhine (Cincinnati).
Big ups to James Tecco, husband of Midwest BSFA member Renee Tecco, for recording and editing this for posterity.
On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the members of ISWHAT?!, including Midwest BSFA member Napoleon Maddox, are hosting a show at The Greenwich called The Deconstruction Period. As some might imagine, the name and concept of this event is intended to bring to mind certain eras in history, as we have not come as far as our calendars suggest.
Last Tuesday’s “Black to the Future: Afrofuturistic Music” program at Sweet Sistah Splash was the Midwest BSFA’s first activity of the year, and we couldn’t have planned for a better group of participants! There was something electric in the air as about 20 attendees from all walks of life discussed the meaning of Afrofuturism and how it applies to music. It was the kind of experience I hope we can have many more times in the months to come!
Mildred Fallen of Deeper Than Atlantis: Diggin’ in the Crates on Soul Public Radio and Napoleon Maddox of hip hop/jazz band IsWhat?! are ramping up for Black to the Future: Afrofuturistic Music next week! Check out a few of the topics that will be covered during the event as they relate to music.
Afrofuturism is an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. From Sun Ra to Janelle Monae, African-Americans have experimented with music with Afrofuturistic flair. Writer Mildred Fallen (host of Deeper than Atlantis: Diggin’ In Da Crates on Soul Public Radio) and Napoleon Maddox of hip-hop jazz band IsWhat?! will explore this soundscape and its inhabitants.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m., Sweet Sistah Splash, 1218 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine (Cincinnati, OH 45202)