7:30 pm Pre-event Reception
UChicago Arts and the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition host an Artists Live discussion with the CCCC's 2019-20 Distinguished Guest Composer Tania León. León, who grew up in Cuba before coming to the United States to pursue a career as a composer, conductor, and performer, discusses her background, musical influences, and approach to music and art with moderator Arif Smith.
About Arif Smith, moderator
Arif Smith is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. His performance- and video-based work centers on diasporic citizenship and African-rooted performance practices, exploring notions of blackness, ritual technology, and marronage. Smith was an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture from 2017-18. Currently, he is an Artist-in-Residence at Williams College and a Research Associate at the Field Museum. Smith is also a member of Bomba con Buya, Iré Elese Abure, and Black Monument Ensemble.
About Artists Live events
The "Artists Live" series features a diverse range of artists at different stages in their careers in an intimate dialogue about their personal and professional paths. The conversations examine a variety of topics, revealing each individual artist's story in the process, and they include opportunities for audiences to engage with the artists in discussion.
Presented in partnership between the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, the Department of Music, UChicago Arts, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.