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Take Me To The River
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003
Presented by the GRAMMYⓇ Museum and The New School’s College of Performing Arts
Four generations of musicians will come together for a one night only, special event during GRAMMYⓇ Week 2018. On Tuesday, January 23, at The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium, students and faculty from The New School’s College of Performing Arts with Renaissance Youth Center’s Music with a Message Band, will perform with legendary artists and GRAMMY Award Winners William Bell and Bobby Rush. The event is made possible through a special collaboration between four partners - Take Me To The River, The GRAMMY MuseumⓇ, The Renaissance Youth Center and The New School’s College of Performing Arts - and shows how cross-cultural and intergenerational collaborations in music positively impact our community.
Take Me To The River is an award-winning full-length documentary film directed by award-winning filmmaker and GRAMMY-nominated producer Martin Shore. The film celebrates the intergenerational, cross-cultural and gender inclusive musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation, and has been a catalyst for a global movement that has sparked community building through music by promoting tolerance and respect for all people and cultures. The film was an official selection at over 30 film festivals globally, the Audience Award Winner at the South by Southwest Film Festival and the Best Feature Film at the Raindance International Film Festival.
The day starts off at 4:00 p.m. with a screening and panel discussion moderated by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman, who will be joined by Bell, Rush, Shore, Coker and former Stax Records owner Al Bell. The panel will discuss paths to social justice forged through the music of the Delta region. Additionally, never before seen footage from the upcoming film Take Me To The River: New Orleans will be debuted.
At 7:00 p.m., GRAMMY Award winners featured in Take Me To The River, William Bell and Bobby Rush will perform with students from The New School’s Soul Revue and The Renaissance Youth Center’s Music with a Message Band. Music will include Stax classics and New Orleans favorites.
The day is programmed to empower communities by promoting tolerance and respect for all people and cultures, creating a deeper understanding and relevance of history and civil rights, showing how cross-cultural collaboration in music and the arts have and continue to positively impact our society.
Take Me To The River Official Trailer. The full-length feature film is available on Netflix.
To learn more about our partners please visit their websites: takemetotheriver.org, www.grammymuseum.org, renaissanceyouth.org
Tickets are required for both events. Click the red "REGISTER" button on the top right of this page to get tickets.
4:00-5:00 pm - Panel and Screening
- Free and open to the public (ticket required)
7:00-8:30 pm - Concert
- Non-New School Students - $5 with valid school ID (must be presented with ticket)
- General Admission - $20
- New School Community (students, faculty, and staff)- Free with valid New School ID (must be presented with ticket)
- Scott Goldman (Moderator), Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum
- William Bell, GRAMMY Award Winner
- Bobby Rush, GRAMMY Award Winner
- Al Bell, Former Owner of Stax Records
- Martin Shore, GRAMMY Nominated Produced, TMTTR Film Director
- Keller Coker, Dean, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
GRAMMY Award Winners William Bell and Bobby Rush with:
The New School Soul Revue
- Directed by New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music faculty La Tanya Hall and Nir Felder
- Arta Jekabsone - Voice
- Hattie Simon - Voice
- Drew Anderson - Trumpet
- Morgan Guerin - Tenor Saxophone
- Willem De Koch - Trombone
- Omri Kochavi - Guitar
- Paul “PJ” Fossum - Keys
- Daniel Winshall - Electric Bass
- Kweku Sumbry - Drums
The Renaissance Youth Center’s Music with a Message Band
- Directed by Bervin Harris, Co-Founder and CEO
- Event Type
TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR BOTH EVENTS: Panel - Free (ticket required); Concert - Students $5 with valid school ID (must be presented with ticket), General Admission - $20, New School Community - Free with valid New School ID (must be presented with ticket)
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