Jazz musician, Peabody alum composes musical response to Baltimore’s April 2015 unrest
Jarrett Gilgore’s electronics and alto saxophone duet with Baltimore MC Eze Jackson to debut at Redlining Baltimore speaker series event
by Bret McCabe
Image: Jon Birkholz
Originally published by HUB
Jazz musician and composer Jarrett Gilgoredebuts two projects this month that grew out of his time in the Peabody Institute’s jazz program—a study of the music of the late alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons, and a commission to compose a new work to be a part of theRedlining Baltimore speaker series.
His commissioned work, “A Baltimore Requiem,” debuts Wednesday at the speaker series installment titled Experience: Public Health and the Redline, hosted by actress Sonja Sohn and sponsored by JHU’s 21st Century Cities Initiative. The event, which will take place at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, includes Richard Best, founder of theSection 1 art nonprofit; Lawrence Brown, an assistant professor in Morgan State University’s School of Community Health & Policy; Debra Furr-Holden, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence; and Sonia Sarkar, the Baltimore City Health Department’s Chief Policy and Engagement Officer.
Gilgore’s composition, a roughly seven-minute electronics and alto saxophone duet with Baltimore MC Eze Jackson, precedes the speakers.
At first, Gilgore was unsure about writing a musical response to accompany a discussion of redlining in Baltimore and the city’s legacies of discrimination.