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The Just and the Blind

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 6:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Daniel Bernard Roumain by Bethanie Hines Photography, Drew Dollaz by Carol Dragon, Somi courtesy Somi Music
Longtime collaborators composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph are joined by street dance pioneer Drew Dollaz and electrifying vocalist Somi in The Just and the Blind, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Framed by visually striking photography and animation projections, the multimedia work explores racial profiling and the prison-industrial complex in a series of short vignettes that include music, dance, and spoken word.

Post-concert discussion with the artists.


Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Spoken Word
Daniel Bernard Roumain, Violin and Piano
Drew Dollaz, Choreographer and Dancer
Somi, Vocalist

Michael John Garcés, Director
David Szlasa, Projection Designer
Xia Gordon, Animator
Brittsense, Photographer
Lisa Armstrong, Journalist

Rika Iino, Producer
Mel Higgins, Producer
Annie March, Stage Manager


The Just and the Blind

Conceived and written by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Original music composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain

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Create Justice brings together a diverse group of artists, young people, policymakers, funders, nonprofits, and researchers from across the country to share ideas and work side-by-side to leverage the power of the arts for youth justice and reform.

The Just and the Blind is presented as part of the 2019 Create Justice Forum.

The Just and the Blind is produced by Sozo Artists, Inc., in partnership with the Sozo Impact Fund and its fiscal sponsor, Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Lead funding for Create Justice is provided by The Kresge Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Ameriprise Financial

Major funding for Create Justice is provided by Ameriprise Financial and MetLife Foundation.

Support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by members of Carnegie Hall’s Composer Club.

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