Composer-saxophonist Fred Ho and filmmaker Charles Burnett will be in residence at the Walker for two weeks developing The Black Panther Suite, a multimedia exploration of the passion and provocative power of the Black Panther movement of the late 1960s. The Walker will present two work-in-progress showings of this ambitious new work, which tells the story of the Black Panther movement through densely layered, large-scale projections (a mix of film, video, and archival news photography) and a newly composed musical score performed by Ho and seven musicians. The music will combine West- and Central-African rhythms with elements of funk, R&B, and free jazz. Baritone saxophonist-composer-theater director-political activist and leader of both the Afro Asian Music Ensemble and The Monkey Orchestra, Fred Ho is one of today's leading Asian-American artists. Media artists Paul Chan and Scott Marshall will work in collaboration with acclaimed African-American filmmaker Charles Burnett.
SUMMER MOVIES AND MUSIC (PERFORMANCE)
THE BLACK PANTHER SUITE (JAZZ/FILM PERFORMANCE)
THIS RESIDENCE IS MADE POSSIBLE BY SUPPORT FROM THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS.