Screening: Kendrick Scott’s “Unearthed”

Event details

  • Friday, November 17, 7:00 pm
  • The DeLUXE Theater, 3303 Lyons Ave.
  • Details at Houston Cinema Arts

Houston Cinema Arts Festival presents a time of perspective: creative community offering, co-presented by the Houston Coalition Against Hate.

A new DACAMERA production memorializing the Sugar Land 95, bringing together original music, poetry and visuals Unearthed pays tribute to the tragic history behind the recent discovery of the remains of 95 Black people in unmarked graves in Sugar Land, Texas. They were convict laborers, swept back into “slavery by another name” in the post-Civil War era, arrested for petty crimes like vagrancy and forced into back-breaking and often fatal labor in the sugar fields of Texas. Now, Houston native jazz artist Kendrick Scott explores this untold story in a new production, teaming up with outstanding Houston-based creative team including the former Houston poet laureate Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and performed by the acclaimed Harlem String Quartet and a trio of first-call jazz musicians.

Kendrick Scott, composer/drums; Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, poet; Robert Hodge, visual artist; Erin Earle Fleming, lighting design

Gerald Clayton, piano; Walter Smith III, saxophone; Joe Sanders, bass; Harlem Quartet (Ilmar Gavilán, violin; Melissa White, violin; Jaime Amador, viola; Felix Umansky, cello)

“Scott has made a work of searing emotional power and elegant musical flow. He was mentored by Terence Blanchard, and I hear a similar clarity of purpose in Scott’s writing for rhythm section and string quartet. (The string arranger on the project, Alex Brown, did a fine job of implementing his ideas.) There’s sometimes a tendency to lean toward abstraction when working with charged material such as this, but Scott is an Inside Man, and a gifted melodist besides. He knows his strengths.” — Nate Chinen



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