Jason Moran & the Harlem Hellfighters

Jason Moran & the Harlem Hellfighters

James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin

Fri   Mar   22   2024 - 1:00 PM Knoxville Civic Auditorium

Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters: James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin is a remarkable musical project that delves deep into the history, culture, and contributions of the iconic Harlem Hellfighters and their visionary bandleader, James Reese Europe. Renowned pianist and composer Jason Moran takes center stage in this exploration, creating an immersive sonic experience that transcends time.

The project shines a spotlight on the cultural and musical innovations brought to Europe during World War I by the Harlem Hellfighters, as they introduced jazz to audiences far from home. Moran’s compositions breathe life into this history, bridging the past and present with a fusion of jazz, classical, and contemporary influences. The Absence of Ruin not only celebrates the Hellfighters’ resilience but also reflects on the complex interplay of war, art, and identity.

Through Moran’s visionary artistry, this project resonates as a powerful testament to the enduring impact of James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters, ensuring that their story remains alive and vibrant for generations to come.

Knoxville, TN · USA



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