2022 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

The Sound of (Black) Music

An Afrofuturist Take on the Songs from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Classic American Musical
Main Stage

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The hills are alive with the sound of Black music! Experience the songs from one of the most beloved American musical classics as reimagined through an Afrofuturistic lens, led by a dynamic group of over 20 musicians and vocalists, including Michael Mwenso, as well as Brianna Thomas, Chareene Wade, Vuyo Sotashe, Zhanna Reed, and many more incredible artists. 

Conceived and created by 2022 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival curators Michael Mwenso and Jono Gasparro, this show The Sound of (Black) Music reinterprets and reframes the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical through jazz, blues, funk, gospel, R&B, hip-hop, and beyond, pay tribute to the rich history of Black music with rapturous, electric performances and a communal spirit.

  • Directed by: Kamilah Long + Shariffa Ali 
  • Music arranged by: Mathis Picard
One of the most titanically entertaining musical nights of my year. 

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