Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter!
“Can’t Stop Cryin’ for America: Black Lives Matter!,” is a music work by composer Jon Jang in collaboration with poet performer Amanda Kemp. The work will be organized into seven vignettes named after each black victim group killed by the police and/or white supremacists this past year: Eric Garner (New York), John Crawford III (Ohio), Michael Brown (Ferguson, Missouri), Tamir Rice (Ohio), Freddie Gray (Maryland), 6 black mothers & 3 black men (Charleston, South Carolina) and Sandra Bland (Texas), The final vignette, “Five Young Black Men,” will memorialize Emmett Till, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, John Powell and Mario Woods.
This performance by the the Jon Jang Quintet is hosted by Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival, which runs from May 19 – June 5 exclusively at FMCAC. The Festival features over 100 performances by 50 different ensembles, as well as an expansive arts exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Dada Movement. Get discounts on tickets to see multiple shows at the Festival by buying a Festival pass. More details here.