On April 11, prominent musicians, artists, writers, revolutionaries, and people from the community, will come together for an evening of poetry, dance, readings, music, and visual art in a cultural celebration of revolution and the vision of a new world.
This celebration is occasioned by the publication of BAsics, from the Talks and Writings of Bob Avakian — a book of quotations and short essays that concentrates 30 years of Avakian’s work on questions of revolution and human emancipation.
“This is a group of people coming together who are making their own changes in their own ways, whether it’s through spoken word or music or art or themselves as revolutionaries,” said Leah Bonvissuto, Director of the on-stage program April 11. “So it’s incredibly inspiring to see the way that they’re making a change forward and bringing that to the audience.”
Performers include: musician Guillermo Brown; singer Maggie Brown; Richard Brown, former member Black Panther Party and co-founder of The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, founded by the SF8; Ruby Dee; poet and playwright reg e. gaines; Moist Paula Henderson, baritone sax player and composer; Justin Long-Moton, poet; Maluca; jazz musician David Murray; Outernational; Abiodun Oyewole from The Last Poets; Ted Rall, cartoonist and author; Rebel Diaz; excerpts from Tapsploitation; and jazz musicians Matthew Shipp and William Parker. Readings of letters from prisoners and others by Aladdin, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Raul Castillo, Brian Dykstra and Nitya Vidyasagar. Directed by Leah Bonvissuto.
A visual arts exhibition specially curated for the night will include the work of Derrick Adams, Wafaa Bilal, Emory Douglas, Richard Duardo, Skylar Fein, Kyle Goen,Guerilla Girls Broadband, Steve Lambert, Wangechi Mutu, Dread Scott, SenOne and Hank Willis Thomas.
Interviews about BAsics and the Celebration are available with Aladdin, Herb Boyd, Richard Brown, Carl Dix, reg e. gaines, Nicholas Heyward, Erin Aubry Kaplan, Dread Scott, Matthew Shipp, and other performers, artists, and hosts.
Bob Avakian is a revolutionary leader and wide-ranging thinker; he is the chairman of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. He is someone who, in the words of Cornel West, “is a long distance runner in the freedom struggle against imperialism, racism and capitalism.”
Click HERE to listen to “All Played Out,” a newly released audio with words by Bob Avakian and music by William Parker
from Matthew Shipp, musician: “…in times like these the ideas of someone like Bob Avakian must be studied and thought upon… we need voices like Bob to let youth know there are alternatives within this system that is corrupted to the core.”
The April 11 Host Committee, in association with Revolution Books, includes a wide range of artists, activists, professors and community members. Read letters and invitations from the musicians, artists, and hosts: HERE
Tickets: $35 general admission, $15 students (with ID) and unemployed, $100 premium
Purchase tickets from Revolution Books or Harlem Stage.
212.691.3345 / http://www.revolutionbooksnyc.org