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Darius Jones LawNOrder
Start Date: 3/7/2018Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 3/7/2018End Time: 9:30 PM

Event Description
“My music is a confrontation against apathy and ego. My hope is to inspire authenticity to compel us to be better humans.” -Darius Jones

I wrote LawNOrder as part of a tradition using art to grapple with the emotional weight of a particular moment in history—for example: John Cotrane’s Alabama, Max Roach’s We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, Charles Mingus’ Don’t Let It Happen Here. These pieces are all responses to government corruption, white supremacy, inequality, and senseless death. The composers wanted to show solidarity and create something that would crystalize the sentiments within the psyche of their communities. I wanted to be a part of that tradition and, given the current political climate, I asked myself, “How did we get here?” Studying the history of this country led me to the idea of creating a work that represented the true melting pot of America and the cyclical nature of our nation’s problems.

America is an experiment. I wanted to use a compositional strategy that would be flexible. Writing a game piece was a natural choice because of the experimentalism, improvisation, ensemble interaction, and theatricality that are inherent in this structure. I created a scenario where participants must follow the rules of the piece while giving their unique perspective at the same time. This is important because American culture is a culmination of multiple, opposing perspectives. There is never only one viewpoint. There is no dictator. We all have a voice.

Essentially, LawNOrder traps us in the chaos of our past and present as a nation, forcing us to face what we’re doing to each other. I want to give participants a vehicle to express their own anger, sadness, joy, frustration or whatever they may be feeling about this country. I want to give the audience an ensemble that looks like America. You will see old people, young people, people of color, white people, women, and men. You will see a large, diverse collection of individuals working together to create a moment that challenges the listener to question their perspective, create dialogue, and broaden their awareness. I want the ensemble and the audience to be tethered together in a collective experience. Hopefully the abstract nature of the piece helps us to expose fears that may be too hard for us to face in reality. I want to give everyone involved the ability to express these emotions in a constructive and creative environment, which ultimately empowers them to go out and be engaged in civic and social action.
Location Information:
*WU Campus

*WU Campus - Rogers Music Center  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: (503) 370-6255

*WU Campus - Rogers Music Center  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem 97301
Phone: (503) 370-6255
Room: Hudson Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Tamara Neeley
Phone: 503.370.6285
Email: tneeley@willamette.edu
Darius Jones
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and open to the public
Event Sponsor(s):
English; Center for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Women and Gender Studies, Mellon Foundation Learning By Creating Visiting Scholars Grant; Civic Communication and Media; and the Sponenburgh Lectureship Fund of the Department of Art History.

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