Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute Presents Make a Joyful Noize Featuring Boundary Pushing Hip-Hop Duo Soul Science Lab on Monday, May 26 at 7:00PM
Free Streamed Behind the Scenes Exclusive of the Carnegie Hall-Commissioned Visual Album That Blends Music, Spoken Word, and Multimedia to Explore Black Joy
New Educational Videos for Teens Available Today, Introducing the Music, Exploring Themes, and Giving a Look Into the Making of the Visual Album
(May 3, 2021; NEW YORK, NY)— Carnegie Hall today announced that boundary pushing hip-hop duo Soul Science Lab will present exclusive ‘making of’ excerpts from their forthcoming visual album—Make a Joyful Noize—in a special online streaming event on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. on Carnegie Hall’s website, Facebook, and YouTube channels. Make a Joyful Noize will also be available to watch on-demand following the premiere on carnegiehall.org. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its 125 Commissions Project, Make a Joyful Noize explores the redemptive power of self-love, and the transformative potential of affirming and unifying experiences that uplift the human spirit in the face of oppression. The album blends sound and multimedia using music, affirmations, interviews, images, spoken word, and dance to celebrate unapologetic Black joy as a healing force for transformation.
The Make a Joyful Noize presentation will include behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the album, feature perspectives from the artists on the nature of Black joy, as well as interviews with peers and special guests from around the globe. Chen Lo and Asante’ Amin—the duo behind Soul Science Lab—will answer questions during the stream from viewers tuning in from home. Make a Joyful Noize is presented as part of Learn with Carnegie Hall, a collection of the Hall’s Weill Music Institute programming created for families, educators, and young musicians, exploring the power of music to spark growth, curiosity, and connection. For a special look into Make a Joyful Noize, click here.
"Make a Joyful Noize was inspired by a genuine need for healing, and by my ancestor’s ability to channel their pain and trauma into magnificence that continues to bring joy and wonder to the world,” said Chen Lo. “So much of our work has focused on the struggle of my people because of our experience. Intentionally creating around joy was critical to my own personal healing, well-being, and mental health. This project started as a vision for a performance that celebrated the nuance and dimension of Black joy. It later evolved into an ecosystem including a visual album, a curriculum, and a film collection that explores the extraordinary power and transformational healing that comes from Black joy. Given how exhausting it is to be Black in America, the timeliness and urgency of this energy grows with each passing day. I hope this project inspires people to build and protect spaces of unapologetic joy where they can be."
"Make A Joyful Noize came out of a necessity to create from a place of self-care,” said Asante’ Amin. “Black people are brilliant, resilient, and determined, but we are tired of experiencing so much racially-motivated trauma in our everyday lives and on our timelines. We [Soul Science Lab] set out to create something that tapped into the radical power of Black joy and healing as a powerful force of resistance. This project is not just a show -- it's an idea whose time is now, because we are summoning the courage and intentionality to heal ourselves now. We want to live as our whole selves, unapologetically, Black and beautiful. We want others to be inspired to do the same: to be positively transformed by what life has given them; we want to see you Make a Joyful Noize."
Available today, Carnegie Hall has released a series of 10 hip-hop educational videos for teens in which Soul Science Lab challenges students to examine how artists respond to the world around them. By breaking down their artistic process for Make a Joyful Noize, Chen and Asante’ open the door for young thinkers, activists, and musicians to share their own vision for the world. These videos are available in part due to Carnegie Hall’s partnership with the NYC Department of Education Office of Arts and Special Projects and the New York Community Trust to create robust direct-to-student remote musical learning materials to serve K-12 teachers and students in New York City for immediate use in this school year. Also available for grades 6-8, Speak Your Music sheds valuable insight from Carnegie Hall teaching artists into the creative process of songwriting. These videos and resources are now available on Carnegie Hall’s website to serve parents, teachers, musicians, and students around the world.
About the Artist
Soul Science Lab is a Brooklyn-based music and multimedia duo that translates stories into soul stirring sounds and dynamic visuals. Soul Science Lab was formed by artist educator and creative director Chen Lo and multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Asante’ Amin. Soul Science Lab produces high quality music, provides innovative arts education, and creates culturally responsive experiences. In addition to international touring, Soul Science Lab’s projects include Chen Lo’s album Footprints, Amin’s album The Visitor: Alter Destiny, the live concert and multimedia documentary Soundtrack’63, and their interactive album, Plan for Paradise.
Co-founder Chen Lo is a seasoned artist, educator, and creative director. He has toured the globe, performing and leading master classes with a number of cultural arts institutions including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the August Wilson Center, 651 ARTS, and others. Chen Lo has also shared the stage with the likes of Common, Erykah Badu, KRS-ONE, A Tribe Called Quest, Rapsody, Sunni Patterson, and Last Poets. To date, he has recorded notable collaborations with K'Naan and Jean Grae as well as international artists Stogie T and Cheikh Lô.
Co-founder Asante’ Amin is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer. Amin has shared the stage with several globally renowned artists, including Rhiannon Giddens, Jessica Care Moore Blitz, Ismael Kouyaté, GZA, and others. Amin is also a MetLife Meet the Composer award-winner.
About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music. The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. More than 800,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall. This includes more than half a million students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with more than 115 orchestras in the US, as well as internationally in New Zealand, Canada, China, Japan, Kenya, and Spain.
For more information, please visit: carnegiehall.org/Education
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Make a Joyful Noize was commissioned as a part of Create Justice.
Lead funding was provided by The Kresge Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
Support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.
Image at the top of the release by © Kamau Ware Photography.
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