The Beauty of the Protest

by Judah Adashi & Lavena Johanson

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    *50% of proceeds go to BmoreLeadFree, a campaign to raise awareness about Baltimore's ongoing lead poisoning crisis and the push to eliminate lead poison in our city as a threat to children's health.*

      $1 USD  or more

     

about

"In an interview, Allen spoke of his desire for 'people to see the beauty of the protest.' Adashi provides a way for people to hear it." -Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

"The Beauty of the Protest," for singing cellist, was inspired by the work of photographer Devin Allen. In striking black & white images on Instagram, Allen told the story of the April 2015 Baltimore Uprising as only a local artist could, offering a necessary counterbalance to the often one-dimensional narrative presented by the national media. The title comes from Allen’s words in a New York Times interview: “I wanted people to see the beauty of the protest.”

"The Beauty of the Protest" was written for Lavena Johanson, who premiered the work on April 19, 2016, one year to the day after a young Black man named Freddie Gray died of injuries sustained while in Baltimore police custody. Gray's suffering began much earlier, as a childhood victim of lead poisoning. Accordingly, 50% of the proceeds from this recording will go to BmoreLeadFree, a campaign to raise awareness about Baltimore's ongoing lead poisoning crisis and the push to eliminate lead poison in our city as a threat to children's health.

credits

released April 19, 2017
Composer: Judah Adashi
Cellist/Vocalist: Lavena Johanson
Engineer/mixer: Scott Metcalfe
Recorded January 2017 at the Peabody Institute, Baltimore, MD

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Judah Adashi & Lavena Johanson Baltimore, Maryland

Judah Adashi (composer) & Lavena Johanson (cellist)

Judah Adashi: faculty, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; artistic director, Evolution Contemporary Music Series

Lavena Johanson: soloist and chamber musician
... more

contact / help

Contact Judah Adashi & Lavena Johanson

Streaming and
Download help