Press Release

February 20, 2020

Lincoln Center Presents Soundtrack '63

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Presents
Soundtrack ’63

 

Live Musical and Multimedia Documentary Traces Black Experience in

America from West African Origins to Present Day 

 

Anchored in Music that has Fueled Social Change

Including Spirituals, Hip-Hop, Remixed Freedom Songs,
Contemporary Pop, and More

 

Alice Tully Hall

May 1, 2020

 

New York, NY (February 20, 2020) – Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announces the presentation of Soundtrack ’63, May 1 at Alice Tully Hall. In this live musical documentary created by Soul Science Lab, audiences have a front row seat to a multimedia and musical retrospective of the Black experience in America from pre-transatlantic slavery to the present day. Performed by a 9-piece orchestra, vocal ensemble, and emcee, the production couples archival media of pivotal moments throughout Black history with a soundtrack of spirituals, protest songs, and popular music. As a live performance, it brings intergenerational audiences on a historical journey from the 17th century to present day and illuminates their role in creating substantive social change. Soundtrack ’63 educates, inspires its audience, gives context to present day injustices, and asks important questions about our future.

 

“The music of Black people in America not only encapsulates our history of protest, pain, and victory but also holds the keys to understanding American history in its truest manifestation of freedom and democracy. We are using this production as a technology to start conversations and promote healing in a still divided America,” said Asanté Amin, Musical Director.

 

Soundtrack ’63 synthesizes imagery and music in a moving call to action, bringing the audience on an historical journey of tragedies, triumphs, and transcendence. Soul Science Lab duo, Chen Lo and Asanté Amin, recreate the year 1963 in a live performance with artists whose work breathes new life into the sights and sounds that shaped the music of an era—allowing a modern audience to rethink,  renew, and remix their conceptions of the past. From the Black empowerment songs of James Brown to the outcries for justice in Ferguson, Soundtrack '63 highlights pivotal moments in America’s history and illustrates why they remain relevant today.

 

“The music of 1963 was the soundtrack to a transformation. It inspired generations of African descendants to reclaim their humanity. The spirituals of the past brought faith and courage; pop tunes were an escape from harsh realities; and truth-tellers sang with a soulful defiance that electrified the Civil Rights Movement. The music of ’63 still resonates with piercing clarity,” said Chen Lo, Creative Director.

 

“This presentation of Soundtrack ’63 represents an expansion of our longstanding relationship with Soul Science Lab and our commitment to investing in and lifting up art that has been a catalyst for social change,” said Sita Frederick, Director of Community Engagement at Lincoln Center. “We’ve previously presented Soundtrack ’63 for student and educator audiences and the company was selected for our Family Music Residency in the 2017/2018 season, where we commissioned them to create Soul Science Kids. Every step of the way we have been blown away by the resounding impact of Asanté Amin and Chen Lo’s work: this performance stands out in its ability to profoundly connect and inspire through music and imagery that speak to human resilience and genius in the face of systemic oppression. We’re honored to bring Soundtrack ’63 to Alice Tully Hall for the first time and offer this phenomenal work for a wider audience.”

 

First commissioned by 651 ARTS in 2012, Soundtrack ’63 was created in preparation for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. It premiered in February 2013 to sold out audiences. The work continues to evolve with each performance, incorporating current events, and has since been presented across New York—including at Lincoln Center in 2017, 2018, and 2019—and around the country.

 

This production of Soundtrack ’63 is a project of the Lincoln Center Student Arts Council and the Lincoln Center Young Patrons. Following the performance, audience members are invited to an after party with a DJ and dancing, and to mingle with the artists and fellow concertgoers.

 

Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 20 at www.lincolncenter.org/soundtrack63. All tickets are $25. Special ticket packages are available for members of the Lincoln Center Student Arts Council and the Lincoln Center Young Patrons. Join the Student Arts Council here and the Young Patrons here.

 

 

 

Soundtrack ’63

Friday, May 1 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall

Soul Science Lab

 

Chen Lo | Creative Director + Emcee (Co-Founder, Soul Science Lab)

Asanté Amin | Musical Director + Sax (Co-Founder, Soul Science Lab)

 

Daisy Peele | Production Manager/Stage Manager

Espii Studios | Visual Engineer

Cinque Kemp | Drums

Kofi Hunter | Percussion

Parker McAllister | Bass

Warren Fields | Piano-Keyboard

Kyle "DJ Scan" Clinton | DJ

William Lee Hogans | Trumpet

Jason Disu | Trombone

Matt T. | Vocals

Badu Basics | Costume Designer & Wardrobe Stylist

Jasu Sims | Company Manager

 

Soundtrack ’63 Program

 

Prologue: Libation

 

ACT I - FREEDOM SONGS

 

Chapter 1 - The Great Disaster

Chapter 2 - A Dream Deferred

Chapter 3 - Fatally Integrated

Chapter 4 - Change the World

ACT II - SOUNDTRACK TO REVOLUTION

 

Chapter 1 - Black Power

Chapter 2 - Everywhere is War

Chapter 3 - Death of a Movement

Chapter 4 – Rebel

 

Epilogue: Freedom Isn’t Free

 

There will be a post-performance talk on stage, with Chen Lo and Asanté Amin

 

Artist images and videos are available for download here. 

 

 

About the Team

About Soul Science Lab

Innovative. Afro. Futuristic. Griots. Soul Science Lab (SSL), is a Brooklyn, NY based music and multimedia duo that translates stories into soul stirring sounds and dynamic visuals. Soul Science Lab was formed by artist, educator and creative director, Chen Lo, and multi--instrumentalist, composer and producer, Asanté Amin. SSL produces high quality, music, provides innovative arts education and creates culturally responsive experiences. In addition to international touring, Soul Science Lab’s current projects include the live concert and multimedia documentary Soundtrack ’63, kids music EP Soul Science Academy, their interactive album, Plan for Paradise, Chen Lo’s album Footprints and Amin’s album The Visitor: Alter Destiny.

 

Co-founder Chen Lo is a seasoned hip-hop artist, educator, creative director and voice over artist. This visionary mind has toured the globe, performing and leading master classes with a number of cultural arts institutions including Jazz at Lincoln Center on the Rhythm Road, the August Wilson Center, 651 ARTS and others. Chen Lo has also shared the stage with the likes of Common, Erykah Badu, KRS--ONE, A Tribe Called Quest, Rapsody, Sunni Patterson and has worked with the legendary Last Poets. To date, he has recorded notable collaborations with K'Naan, Jean Grae and international artists Stogie T and Cheikh Lô. Co-founder Asanté Amin is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. Amin has shared the stage with several globally-renowned artists, including (featuring guest artists Rhiannon Giddens, Jessica Care Moore, Blitz the Ambassador, Ismael Kouyaté, GZA and others. A MetLife Meet the Composer award winner, Amin is a musical director ahead of his time.

 

Most recently, the duo has delivered music education workshops with Lincoln Center Education, Arizona State University, Dare to Dream Ghana, Create South Africa and been featured in TheRoot.com’s Black History Month series and VICE.com's publication The Creators Project for their 360 video, "I Can't Breathe." With several performances under their belt in the last year, including shows with the Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center Education, Carnegie Hall, Afropunk After Dark, Harlem Stage, Chale Wote Festival – Ghana, Sankofa.org's Many Rivers to Cross Festival, BAM and SXSWedu, Soul Science Lab is currently performing Soundtrack ’63, music from their children/family music EP, Soul Science Academy, and their debut album Plan for Paradise with arts and education institutions, at concerts and festivals nationwide. Offbeat Magazine calls Plan for Paradise “likely the most eclectic hip-hop record out this year.”

 

 

Asanté Amin

Composer | Producer | Lyricist | Musician | Educator

 

Creative rigor. Metric fluidity. Limitless vision. Asanté Amin delivers a unique sound that moves beyond boundaries, yet leave it to him and he will simply tell you "I am in love with creating". The proud New Orleans native is a saxophonist, flutist and piano player. In the past 5+ years he’s made incredible strides as a bandleader, lyricist, composer/producer and educator.

 

Asanté is a 2-time recipient of the Metlife "Meet the Composer" grant and award. He was also the recipient of the Young Lion Jazz award given by the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. He’s been featured on MTVu with the band The Lo Frequency, and was instrumental in creating horn arrangements for their album. Asanté served as the musical director for an off Broadway Hip Hop Musical entitled “Sweet Billy and the Zooloos,” which premiered at Central Park’s 2013 SummerStage Festival.

 

Amin embarked on an amazing opportunity through his music and multi-media production company, Soul Science Lab, on the groundbreaking production "Soundtrack '63", a multi-media millennial response and edutainment retrospective to the year (1963) explored through images, video, jazz, hip-hop, soul and poetry. Serving as musical director and composer of the music involved in the production, Soundtrack ‘63 came to life. Since it’s first run, Soundtrack ’63 has been presented at the Brooklyn Museum, The New School and the Together with Soul Science Lab co-founder, Chen Lo, Amin has performed at SXSW, Sankofa.org’s Many Rivers to Cross Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. tribute and has been featured in The Source, theRoot.com, NBCBLK!, ColorLines.com, NPR’s Inside the Arts, BroadwayWorld.com, Offbeat Magazine, Soultracks.com and a host of other cultural arts and news publications for Soul Science Lab’s music productions.

 

Amin has also produced a number of large scale music and multimedia projects including Chen Lo’s 2013 album Footprints, his 2014 album The Visitor: Alter Destiny, and Soul Science Lab’s 2016 debut release Plan for Paradise. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who has travelled the world performing with such notables as The Gza, Blitz The Ambassador and Wynton Marsalis, Dead Prez, Third World, Raheem Devaughn and Mos Def among others. Life has been nothing short of a journey for Asanté, whose versatility proves to be a memorable element and undeniable asset.

 

 

Chenits “Chen Lo” Pettigrew

Artist | Educator | Visionary

 

Chen Lo is a multi-talented artist, producer and entrepreneur. He has shared the stage with the likes of The Roots, Common, Erykah Badu, KRS-ONE and A Tribe Called Quest and worked with the legendary Last Poets.

 

Chen has toured extensively with Jazz at Lincoln Center on the Rhythm Road performing and implementing music & culture workshops and master classes in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain, Honduras and Ireland. He has also worked in Ghana, South Africa, Swaziland, Senegal, Vietnam, and Brazil.

 

Chen Lo's music has been featured on major television networks and shows including: BET, MTV and CBS. Through his music and multi-media production company, Soul Science Lab (SSL), he released a series of album projects, including Footprints and Plan for Paradise. SSL has also performed or produced work with premier arts institutions like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mass MoCA and the Classical Theater of Harlem.

 

In 2013, Soul Science Lab partnered with Brooklyn-based arts organization 651 Arts to produce Soundtrack ’63, a live music and multimedia retrospective of the Civil Rights Movement. The production has been sold out in at the Irondale Theater, The New School, Brooklyn Museum, The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater and the Apollo Theater.

 

In addition, he is an experienced arts educator that has developed and successfully implemented a variety of arts education curricula nationally and globally. He is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of CodeScty, a startup that uses hip hop to teach computer science concepts.

 

Chen Lo’s holds a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State in Media Studies and an interdisciplinary Masters from New York University in Art and Social Change. He continues to make great music, spread love and make history.

 

 

 

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA)?serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of thousands of free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning?Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  

 

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Soundtrack ’63 is generously co-chaired by Mali Sananikone Gaw and Akarin Gaw,
Garrett Huff, and Charlie Richardson

 

Soundtrack ’63 committee members: The Hartford and VEREIT, Inc.

 

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