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    Saxophonist Erica Lindsay’s Love of the Moment

    In this video, Musician Erica Lindsay talks about composition, improvisation, poetry, and playing with a large band. Lindsay has been featured in the Jazz Poetry Concert series as a member of Oliver Lake’s Big Band Ensemble and is currently working on her own projects with improvised saxophone and orchestral compositions.

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  • Saxophonist Alex Harding Stuns Audience

    According to baritone saxophonist Alex Harding, if you want to know jazz, you must first know the blues. “The blues is what this music is about. Period,” he said during rehearsal for City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s 2010 Jazz Poetry festival. In this video, Harding explains how the sound of the sax emanates from the same place as the human voice and reflects on the rich jazz legacy of rust belt cities like Pittsburgh and Detroit.

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  • The Audacity of a Cuban Curator
    The Audacity of a Cuban Curator

    Organizing the exhibition “Queloides: Racism and Race in Cuban Contemporary Art” has been a mix of obstacles, audacity, and adventure. The Mattress Factory Museum exhibit was first shown earlier this year in Havana and the curator Alejandro de la Fuente was unable to attend. He was banned from Cuba and later expelled from the country when he tried to visit family in Havana.

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  • Sampsonia Way Celebrates Liu Xiaobo's Nobel Peace Prize
    Sampsonia Way Celebrates Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize

    When the Nobel Foundation announced that Chinese intellectual and activist Liu Xiaobo won the Peace Prize, we celebrated at Sampsonia Way. The prize committee lauded Liu Xiaobo “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” We hoped this would help the jailed writer gain his freedom. However, the announcement ignited a furious response from China.

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  • Poetry From Uganda: Moving A Country
    Moving A Country

    Jade Amoli-Jackson fled Uganda nine years ago. Staunchly opposed to the guerrilla warfare that was claiming the lives of her fellow country-folk, Jade offers these poems about her experiences in Uganda.

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