The Louis Armstrong Household Museum is has unveiled its new resourceful initiative Armstrong Now! in partnership with various cultural institutions across New York and further than.
With the clean addition of around 60,000 new digitized parts in the Armstrong Selection, the museum has commissioned a roster of premiere artists and innovators to engage with the archives and legacy of Louis Armstrong by a present-day lense.
Creative excellence, innovation, group engagement and activism are a couple of descriptors that seize Armstrong’s prosperous legacy. Delving into the complexities of Louis Armstrong and the perception he has remaining on culture, Armstrong Now! projects contextualize present day responses to the jazz icon’s legacy whilst encapsulating each and every artist’s specific journey. These first is effective, all inspired by the archives and filmed at The Armstrong Household Museum, span a assortment of mediums together with visible and written arts, film, audio and theater.
The first period of Armstrong Now! attributes artists and collaborators Naomi Additional, Melanie Charles, Kayla Farrish, Derrick Baskin, Braxton Prepare dinner, Michael Mayo, Alita Moses, Martha Nichols, Christian Sands, Negah Santos, Vuyo Sotashe, Ben Stampler, Daniel J Watts, Brett Williams and system curator Jake Goldbas. A lot more details on each individual artist can be discovered here.
Armstrong Now! output will keep on this 12 months with its 2022 Artist-in-Residence program, which gives emerging artists with platforms and sources to generate new operate via the Spring and Tumble of 2022 encouraged by thematic research in the Armstrong Archives. This year’s Artists-in-Home Ulysses Owens Jr. and Alain Lauture, operating alongside pianist phenom Matthew Whitaker will doc the procedure of generating the new do the job, like a effectiveness of the work within the Louis Armstrong Property Museum to be recorded through the Summer time.
“At the age of 18 on graduating substantial school, I was awarded the Louis Armstrong Award for musicianship, which was an honor and now in 2022 to be named the Armstrong Now Artist in Residence is over and above my wildest dreams,” Owens states. “I will endeavor to connect to the ‘now’ component of the residency creating sure that we keep Louis’ audio, and voice suitable and build special presentational times that will permit this technology to thoroughly acknowledge Mr. Armstrong’s contribution.
Doing the job in collaboration with the Artists-In-Residence, Tyrel Hunt and Xhosa Fray-Chinn have been selected as Filmmakers-In-Residence. “When we build from inside, we subconsciously pay out homage to those people who paved the way for us,” Fray-Chinn shares. “I’m wanting ahead to producing a little something that assists retain Louis Armstrong’s prosperous legacy alive,” Hunt also notes.
The Residency will culminate with a general public efficiency and viewing of the small film in the Drop of 2022.
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Much more about Armstrong NOW and The Louis Armstrong Property Museum and Archives
Armstrong NOW is the new initiative of the Louis Armstrong Home Museum and Archives to re-introduce audiences almost everywhere to Louis Armstrong’s legacy of artistry and innovation by an interdisciplinary, multi-sector engagement of Armstrong’s contributions. Armstrong Now options world renowned Black artists responding creatively to the recently digitized Armstrong Archives. The result of these engagements will be the development of new collaborative tasks, art works, and a suite of brief movies for all ages.
The Louis Armstrong Archives is among the the most sizeable Black archival collections in the entire world, and 1 of the most significant of any jazz musician. With this new programmatic and interpretive enlargement, LAHM aspires to contextualize Armstrong’s contributions firmly in historic and 21st Century constellations of Black earning, imagining, and vitality. In the custom of Louis Armstrong’s purpose as cultural Ambassador to the world, Armstrong Now will interact area and international communities to join with 1 an additional – a world-wide community in assist of tunes, education, dialogue and local community.