As part of the Kresge Foundation’s ART X DETROIT series, CutTime Simfonica+ brings to the Northend community a rich, dramatic, multimedia collaboration with the Urban Requiem Project (URP).
During two years of experimental blending of street poetry and classical-soul, URP commemorates Detroit and Highland Park’s industrial century with poets Kevlar Afrika, Peace Bell, Virgil (Al) Taylor and Kresge-winning composer Rick Robinson (Mr. CutTime). Phantom Detroit explores the human cost of redevelopment and gentrification on the invisible Detroiters wandering “the New Detroit.”
This stirring 25-minute work features amplified strings, rhythm section, poetry, narrator, video projections and artwork. The music itself is a unique blend of classical development with elements of soul, gospel, Broadway, video games and funk. The early program recaps much of the collaborations so far between URP and CutTime ensembles. With this work we would like to bring expression to our under-employed residents with respect for the urgent need for new citizens.
Doors at 7, Music starts at 7:30, Phantom Detroit at 8:15, and Reception at 8:45 This event is free and open to the public.
Also on the first half of the program will be music of William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, Mozart, and Robinson’s famous Highland Park, MI: City of Trees.
-STRINGS: Dan Winnick, Phoebe Gelzer-Gavotos, Leslie, DeShazor and Leah Lucas Celebi.
-RHYTHM: Duncan McMillan, Damon Warmack and Skeeto Valdez
-POETS: Virgil (Al) Taylor, Claretha (Peace) Bell and Andre Johnson (Kevlar Afrika)