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JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble Premieres "Song in a Strange Land"

by Pat Taylor
October 26, 2014
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
4718 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
323-964-9768
The award-winning JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble continues it's mission of jazz dance education, preservation and creation with the premiere of SONG IN A STRANGE LAND – a powerful, contemporary anthem to the African American spirit, told through the movement, music and language of Jazz. SONG IN A STRANGE LAND seamlessly blends choreography by founding artistic director Pat Taylor and special guests Frit and Frat Fuller, recordings by Soulful Symphony, the musical arrangements of bassist Trevor Ware performed live by a jazz quartet, exquisite storytelling by the 8-member dance ensemble, and the writings of June Jordan, John Edgar Wideman, Martin Luther King, Jr., bell hooks, and others into a provocative, entertaining jazz-theatre performance.

Presented in association with Ebony Repertory Theatre, SONG IN A STRANGE LAND premieres Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 8:00 p.m. at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center - 4718 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. Tickets priced at $20, $30 and $50 (Jazz Circle) can be purchased online at www.ebonyrep.org. For more information, contact the theatre box office at (323) 964-9766.

One of a select few companies committed to the presentation of concert jazz dance, JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble was founded in 1993 to celebrate jazz as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage, and a defining element of the American experience. The company has collaborated with an esteemed list of musician/ composers including bassist Marcus Shelby, vocalist Dwight Trible, trumpeter Brian Swartz, pianist Ark Sano, percussion master Munyungo Jackson, piano virtuoso Eric Lewis (ELEW), and cultural fusion artists Maetar. JazzAntiqua's educational arm The Jazz Dance Institute™ presents classes, residencies, panel discussions, performance showcases and community outreach activities.

JazzAntiqua has performed at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Hollywood Bowl (Playboy Jazz Festival), Ford Amphitheatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Lehman Performing Arts Center (New York), The Jazz Bakery, Watts Towers Jazz Festival, California African American Museum, Dance Mission Theatre (San Francisco), Suncoast Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas), Japan America Theatre, the Music Center and many other distinguished venues. JazzAntiqua is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including grants from California Arts Council, Doolittle Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Frances E. Williams Artists' Grants, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and Toyota, USA.

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