Lara Downes: Remember Me to Harlem

February 23, 2021, 9:00 am

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Inspired by her own mixed-race heritage and career-long engagement with diverse musical traditions, pianist Lara Downes creates and curates a new digital recording initiative, Rising Sun Music, that sheds a bright light on the music and stories of Black composers over the past 200 years. The first installment in the series celebrates Harlem as a mecca of migration, a center of Renaissance and revolution, a place where generations of musicians have met and mingled, bringing their traditions from everywhere to create new sounds that could only come from here.