“Do Your Thing”
Student Participation: Listening (Live Concert Only)
Courtney Bryan’s work “Do Your Thing” received its world premiere at the culminating Link Up: The Orchestra Swings concert at Carnegie Hall in 2017. A recording of this work is not yet available.
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Learn fundamental concepts of music and engage in creative activities through a deeper exploration of the ideas and themes of the Link Up repertoire.
Courtney Bryan (b. 1982) is “a pianist and composer of panoramic interests” (The New York Times). Her music is in conversation with various genres that include jazz and other types of experimental music, as well as traditional gospel, spirituals, and hymns. Bryan holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University, and Columbia University, where she worked with George Lewis. She also completed postdoctoral studies in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Bryan is currently an assistant professor of music in the Newcomb Department of Music at Tulane University; the work has been presented in a wide range of venues and her recordings include Quest for Freedom and This Little Light of Mine. Bryan is a recipient of the 2019 Rome Prize and the 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.