Grant Recipient Details

Amherst, MA
Project Title
Avery George Sharpe-I Am My Neighbor's Keeper
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
New Work New England
Grant Amount

Avery Sharpe will compose, perform, and record a new work which will highlight our commitment to one another. The piece will focus on the basic values that connect us all. The composition, performance, and recording will combine bass, voice, drums, piano, two violins, one viola, one cello, one percussionist, and one Senegalese dancer/percussionist into an eight-to-ten movement of human-kind. The music will be heavily laden with Jazz, Blues, Latin, African and Gospel idioms. There will be an added interdisciplinary component with a video slide show during the main performance. The performance will take place at a community center, a historical black church and a rescue mission. The performance will be recorded by local access TV or local public TV.

Black and white photo of a Black man playing the base.
photo by Bobby Jones