Monday, November 14, 2011

Philagrafika Project inspired CD release

Neil Leonard performing
at the Paul Robeson House
for Philagrafika, 2007
In 2007 Philagrafika commissioned jazz musician Neil Leonard to compose music to accompany Maria Magadelena Campos Pons' art installation Corner/Opera. Rethinking a Site. This installation of wallpaper, textiles and sound was created to celebrate the first phase of restoration of the Paul Robeson House--the house where he spent much of the last ten years of his life in West Philadelphia. The installation was part of the Re:Print  Re:Present  Re:View exhibition that Philagrafika produced as lead up to Philagrafika 2010: The Graphic Unconscious.
Below is a link to listen to recording of the live performance of 4951Walnut Street in Paul Robeson's house at 4951 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. This live performance included Neil Leonard - woodwinds; Tom Lawton - piano (Dave Douglas, Don Byron); Lee Smith - bass (Mongo Santamaria, Cedar Walton, Roberta Flack); and Craig McIver - drums (Max Roach M-Boom, Odean Pope).

The CD of works, including the work Neil Leonard composed for the Philagrafika installation, is now out on CD. He will premiere the works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on November 18th at 5 pm. 

CD release performance:
November 18th, 2011 5:00 pm
The Philadelphia a Museum of Art
26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

For more information call (215) 763-8100
CD release information:

Press release:

And two articles from Cuban press just came out about the recordings this week: