Sound Portrait Of Harlem

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On Thursday, August 30th, 2007, Community Works presented the gala performance of Craig S. Harris’ TriHarLenium: A Sound Portrait of Harlem 1976 – 2006. 

It was standing room only at the Museum of the City of New York as Harris and his all star Nation of Imagination band took the stage for the fourth Public Spaces performance of TriHarlenium. 

In addition to Harris and the Nation of Imagination, the evening featured sensational cameo performances by award winning trombonist Ed Babb of McCullough Sons of Thunder, legendary R&B singer Chuck Jackson, and Tony Award and Emmy Award winner Lillias White. 
This unparalleled evening of music also premiered the documentary film chronicling TriHarLenium and the sounds of Harlem today by award winning filmmaker, writer, producer and Columbia University Professor, Jamal Joseph.  

Presented by Community Works in association with New Heritage Theatre Group and Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies, thousands of community members have attended public concerts at venues such as Harlem Day, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Morningside Park and Harlem Summer-stage to listen to internationally renowned composer, trombonist and Harlemite, Craig S. Harris and his Nation of Imagination band tell the story of the last three decades of Harlem through this groundbreaking music composition.  

TriHarLenium is the first commissioned work of the harlem is… Music project, which is the newest component of Community Works’ harlem is… series and celebrates the history and legacy of music in Harlem through exhibitions and public programs. 

Harlemite Craig S. Harris is known throughout the world as a cutting-edge composer, trombonist, arranger, multi-media and performing artist, as well as a self-described conceptualist who draws on his heritage through jazz, blues, bop and soul to create a musical exchange that forges artistic alliances between musicians of different cultures.

Community Works is a leading arts-education organization founded in 1990, with the mission to build bridges between diverse cultures and neighborhoods by using the arts as a tool for social and personal change, and sharing community stories that connect us all.
The organization currently serves over 300,000 people throughout NYC each year through acclaimed performances, workshops and exhibitions.

New Heritage Theatre Group (NHTG) is the oldest not-for-profit Black theater in New York City.  In 1964, NHTG was created to present entertaining, informative and quality productions that preserve and institutionalize classic works of Black theater.
TriHarLenium: A Sound Portrait of Harlem 1976 – 2006 was made possible by a grant from the New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Performance Schedule: September 6, 2007, 5:30pm Apollo Stage Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building 163 West 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Featuring the vibrant Senegalese drummers Sing Sing Rhythms


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