Sept. 14, 2015
WEST HAVEN, CONN. – A unique art program, “Heroes Are Gang Leaders,” will take place on Monday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m, at the University of New Haven.
Presented by Arts@UNH, the program will feature poetry and musical tributes to Amiri Baraka, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Bob Kaufman,as well as original compositions by SONY/Okeh recording artist saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. The event is free and open to the public.
The event, “Heroes Are Gang Leaders,” is sponsored by the UNH English and music departments and will take place in the Bucknall Theater, on UNH’s main campus, 300 Boston Post Road.
Baraka is a widely published African-American author, poet and musician and the winner of the PEN Open Book Award. He is well known for, among other things, his book “Tales of the Out and the Gone.”
Brooks, an American poet and teacher, was the first black person to win a Pulitzer Prize for her second collection, “Annie Allen.”
UNH English professor Randall Horton, a poet and author, says “Heroes Are Gang Leaders” will feature a unique presentation in terms of music, language and sound that “operates on the edges of experimentation, venturing off into the avant-garde.”
Music at the event will be from Lewis’ new album, “Days of FreeMan,” which is very successful and “burning the jazz charts up,” says Horton. The event will also feature Thomas Sayers Ellis, Allish Hooper, Janice Lowe, Margaret Morris, Ryan Franizer, Horton, Luke Stewart, Nina Angela Mercer, da Frontline, Brandon Moses and Catalina Gonzalez.
The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 the university enrolls approximately 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates.