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Berklee Interdisciplinary Art Institute and Mike Ladd Premiere New Work at Nat'l Center for African American Arts

What happens when you combine visual art, literature, and contemporary music? Find out for for free tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Nat'l Ctr for Afro-American Artists.

As a small music college, Berklee isn’t the type of school you would think has many sports teams or student-run clubs; but you’d be surprised how many student programs and activities take place at Berklee. One of them is the Berklee Interdisciplinary Art Institute (BIAI) - a program that provides innovative experiences for students to push through traditional boundaries on their collaborations with artists or their original music. Under the direction of arts composer and saxophonist Neil Leonard, students have the opportunity to work with with dancers, actors, and visiting artists on experimental performances and other emerging art forms. On Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Center for Afro-American Artists in Roxbury, the BIAI will perform an original composition by Boston native Mike Ladd - an MC, producer, poet, and educator - that he wrote during his week-long residency at Berklee.

Featuring students from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), the performance will present an interpretation of Ladd's latest project, a graphic noval called Satchmokovich. Berklee students will remix, recompose, and meld sonic impressions of iconic trumpeter Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and 20th century composer Dmitri Shostakovich with early 20th century Russian futurism while SMFA students contribute a live video remix of the comic for the piece.


Check out what happens at the nexus of visual art, literature, and contemporary music for free at 300 Walnut Avenue in Roxbury. For more information, visit www.ncaaa.org of call (617) 442-8614.

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