IllinoisHumanities

As an extension of the programming at Sullivan Galleries during Envisioning Justice, Illinois Humanities is highlighting other select programs around the city that grapple with similar themes. 

Artist Ekene Ijeoma’s Deconstructed Anthems is an ongoing series of music performances and installations in which a self-playing piano and/or musicians deconstruct “The Star-Spangled Banner,” repeating it multiple times, removing notes at the rate of mass incarceration in the United States, and ending in silence.

Screen Shot of Star Spangled Banner music sheet from studioijeoma.com/Deconstructed-Anthems

Deconstructed Anthems will be presented as a player piano installed in The Arts Club’s gallery, performing multiple 45-minute data-driven deconstructions of a traditional arrangement of the national anthem by itself throughout the day and a live performance of a deconstruction of a jazz arrangement in collaboration with Chicago-based pianist and composer Alexis Lombre.

Following Lombre’s performance, the player piano will continue performing throughout Saturday.

Schedule

Friday, 8/9/19, 11am – 6pm:

Player Piano Activation in Gallery at The Arts Club

Friday, 8/9/19, 6pm:

Performance by Pianist Alexis Lombre

Saturday, 8/10/19, 11am – 3pm:

Player Piano Sound Installation in Gallery

Saturday, 8/10/19, 1pm:

Conversation with Ekene Ijeoma and Alexandria Eregbu

 

Learn more about Ekene Ijeoma.

For more information about Deconstructed Anthems, visit studioijeoma.com.

For more information about this event or the Arts Club of Chicago, visit artsclubchicago.org.

*Ekene Ijeoma quote above came from an interview by Cedar Pasori published at complex.com.