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Past events

Each movement of D-Composed explores a unique theme and concept. The goal of each event stays the same with a mission to find new and intriguing ways to highlight black composers and artists. Take a look at past movements and how we celebrate black artistry


Movement 1:

Americana in Black



For the first Movement of D-Composed Americana in Black, a quartet played from a selection of notable works from African American Composers. 

Featured composers included William Grant Still, Florence Price, George Walker, and Jessie Montgomery. 

Musicians of the evening included Kyle Dickson on Violin, Caitlin Edwards on Violin, Danielle Taylor on Viola, and Tahirah Whittington on Cello.

The event was held at The Currency Exchange Cafe.


Movement 2:




The second movement of D-Composed Moderne featured the works of modern composers such as Tomeka Reid, Evan Williams, Carlos Simon, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. 

Further bringing the theme to life were Martell cocktails prepared by Tim Williams of Pour Souls Cocktail. Each composition, had an accompanying cocktail inspired by the arrangement. 

The event was held in the arts incubator Good Details located in Pilsen. Guests were surrounded by the modern artwork of Chicago artist Shani Crowe. 

Musicians of the evening include Caitlin Edwards and Kyle Dickson on Violin, Danielle Taylor on Viola, and Tahirah Whittington on Cello.


Movement 3:

Family edition

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Stony Island Arts Bank made the perfect setting for attendees of all ages at the first ever D-Composed Family Edition. Throughout the afternoon, the audience enjoyed a taste of the finest works of black composers with works from William Grant Still, Shelley Washington, and Jessie Montgomery. To keep the affair concise and easily digestible, each featured work could be no longer than 5-minutes.

Our younger guests of the hour were properly entertained with custom coloring sheets created by nine local artists.

Following the event, attendees could engage in a brief show and tell where they could try out the instruments for themselves.

Musicians of the afternoon included Caitlin Edwards and Kyle Dickson on Violin, Danielle Taylor on Viola, and Tahirah Whittington on Cello.




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For Movement: 4, a new concept was introduced to the D-Composed canon. D-Compressed featured a unique fusion of live classical music during a yoga class. A string quartet performed a medley of songs from traditional black composers as well as popular tunes from famed pop-culture icons. For the debut of the experience, Asia Jones of Trap Yoga lead the experience with rhythmic movements that mimicked the flow of the music.

D-Compressed made its debut during Chicago Ideas Week at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. All music was arranged by artistic director Danielle Taylor. Featured quartet included Caitlin Edwards on Violin, Kyle Dickson on Violin, Danielle Taylor on Viola, and Tahirah Whittington on Cello.


A Love Letter to Chicago

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In collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Arts & Public Life, D-Composed made their debut for a sold out performance at The Green Line Performing Arts Center.

The special edition performance served as a love letter to the city of Chicago. The set list was expertly curated and highlighted composers who used Chicago as their creative sanctuary. Composers who were featured included Tomeka Reid, Florence Price, Joel Thompson, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and an arrangement of Chance the Rapper’s Sunday Candy arranged by Artistic Director, Danielle Taylor.

On this evening, D-Composed debuted their first ever commissioned piece featuring Joel Thompson’s arrangement of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”

The Featured quartet of the evening comprised of guests artists Melissa White and Catie Brown as well as Danielle Taylor and Tahirah Whittington.