Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration
West Coast Premiere
Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, producers
Jason Moran, piano
Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano
Tania León, conductor
Additional artists to be announced
In a series of “gripping portraits of a vast social upheaval” (Chicago Tribune), Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran’s deeply personal presentation Two Wings explores the Great Migration of six million Black Americans from the rural South to northern cities and beyond.
The husband and wife duo—he a MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed jazz composer and pianist, she a celebrated classical vocalist and composer—trace their family histories through the music that accompanied these brave travelers throughout the 20th century, from Harlem Renaissance-era jazz tunes, gospel hymns, bebop standards, and Broadway show tunes, to classical and chamber music and the Morans’ own compositions. The program even passes through California, where both families put down roots and where Hall Moran was born.
Two Wings also references influential texts by Black authors, historians, and poets. The production, in its West Coast premiere, will be recreated especially for Cal Performances audiences, with a star-studded roster of performers, writers, thinkers, and special guests to be announced.
An Illuminations “Place and Displacement” event.
Made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and Patron Sponsors Dalia and Lance Nagel.