"A Concert for the Cosmos", Virtual Concert by Afro House in support of Backyard Basecamp
On Tuesday, October 5 from 12-1pm ET, Afro House, the Baltimore-based “music-driven performance art house,” presents “A Concert for the Cosmos,” the opening event on this season’s Racial Justice Concert Series. This event is part of SOURCE’s 2021 Baltimore Week.
Founded in 2011 by Alisha and Scott Patterson, Afro House is a Baltimore-based, music-driven performance art house. Afro House is grounded in the belief that art can disrupt and transform the human imagination, providing fresh eyes to view both past and present, challenging artists and audiences to create a better future.
Describing their upcoming performance “A Concert for the Cosmos,” Afro House writes “From the outer most reaches of the cosmos, Afro House’s Astronaut Symphony will stretch, dismantle, and reframe everything you think you know about sound. Fueled by raw energy and futuristic vibrations, the genres of opera, punk and jazz will animate original symphonic performance art pieces composed by Scott Patterson, thus bringing 25th Century music to the here and now.”
Afro House offers this concert in support of Backyard Basecamp, an organization that works to “(re)connect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to land and nature.” During the performance, Jordan Bethea, a member of Backyard Basecamp's Farm Team, will discuss the organization’s work and explain how viewers can get involved. The performance will be streamed live via Youtube from Baltimore’s Creative Alliance.
The Racial Justice Concert Series (RJCS), a collaboration among Johns Hopkins students, faculty and staff, harnesses the power of music to bring awareness to issues of racism in Baltimore, and to support Baltimore organizations that focus on racial justice work. The RJCS features performances by Baltimore musicians and provides a platform for racial justice organizations to educate audiences about their efforts. The RJCS is cooperatively produced and funded by the Johns Hopkins Program in Arts, Humanities, & Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, and Johns Hopkins International Arts & Mind Lab.