The New Social Environment#239

Jason Moran with Phong H. Bui


3 p.m. Eastern / 12 p.m. Pacific

Artist and jazz musician Jason Moran joins Rail publisher and artistic director Phong H. Bui for a conversation. We conclude with a performance from poet, musician Janice Lowe.

In this talk

To celebrate our participation in Printed Matter’s Virtual Art Book Fair, we’ve organized a week of NSE programming highlighting the many voices involved in art books and publishing. From February 24-28, you can view our virtual table and enjoy all the fair has to offer here.

Jason Moran

Jason Moran at the Kennedy Center, by Scott Suchman
Photo by Scott Suchman
Jazz pianist, composer, and performance artist Jason Moran is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. He currently teaches at the New England Conservatory. Moran is deeply invested in reassessing and complicating the relationship between music and language, and his extensive efforts in composition, improvisation, and performance are all geared towards challenging the status quo while respecting the accomplishments of his predecessors. His activity stretches beyond the many recordings and performances with masters of the form including Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, and the late Sam Rivers, and his work with his trio The Bandwagon has resulted in a profound discography for Blue Note Records.

Phong H. Bui

Photo of Phong Bui taken by Nicola Delorme
Photo by Nicola Delorme
Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Janice Lowe reading.

Janice Lowe

A photo of poet Janice Lowe
Courtesy of Janice Lowe
Composer-pianist-poet and the author of LEAVING CLE and SWAM. Her musical theater compositions include “SOmewhere i Texas,” and “Sit-In at the Five & Dime.” She has composed music for plays including “Door of No Return” by Nehassaiu deGannes and arranged the music of Montague Ring for Tracie Morris’ play “Impossible Man.” She is the author of Leaving CLE poems of nomadic dispersal. A recent Creative Capital awardee, Lowe was commissioned to compose Millie and Christine McKoy Sisters’ Syncopated Sonnets in Song, from Tyehimba Jess’s Olio. She has performed in Nona Hendryx’s Rock Solid Women Festival and with Anne Waldman and Fastspeaking Music. Leaving CLE Songs, the debut album of Janice Lowe & NAMAROON is available on Bandcamp. She is a co-founder of the Dark Room Collective.

❤️ 🌈 We'd like to thank the The Terra Foundation for American Art for making these daily conversations possible, and for their support of our growing archive.