June 2017


Jason Moran - STAGED

  • Wednesday, 21 June 2017 - 6:00pm
Villa Aurelia
Jason Moran, "STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1, 2015". Installed at La Biennale di Venezia, 2015. Photo credit: Roberto Marossi.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: American Classics.

As part of the ongoing series of events exploring "American Classics", celebrated musician, composer and artist Jason Moran will discuss his ongoing investigations into the spaces inhabited by Jazz performance and the residue it leaves behind. His recent exhibition STAGED, including works shown at the Venice Biennale in 2015, recreated architectural elements associated with historic Jazz venues in New York from the 1940s and 1950s, such as the Savoy Ballroom and the Three Deuces, that no longer exist. For Moran, Jazz is an exuberant art form, part of the living lore of the city, and an embodiment of the restlessness characterizing American society in recent years. His multivalent works examine the highly-charged intersections between music, art and social history.

Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010, Moran, an electrifying Jazz performer, is the Artistic Director for Jazz and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He currently teaches at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Recently, he has created his own recording label, Yes Records, and launched a new magazine, LOOP, dedicated to different aspects of Jazz culture. In the spring of 2018, Moran will have his first solo museum exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Jason Moran holds the Elliott Carter Memorial Residency at the American Academy in Rome for the summer of 2017.

The lecture will be held in English.

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.