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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

 
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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:

Moderne

 
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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.

 

MOVEMENT: 4

 d-compressed

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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.