Jason Moran and Total Freedom

Jason Moran:
Pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran hails from Houston, TX. He studied with Jaki Byard at the Manhattan School of Music and with Andrew Hill and Muhal Richard Abrams upon graduation. Moran’s 18-year relationship with Blue Note Records produced 9 highly acclaimed recordings. His groundbreaking trio, The Bandwagon (with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) is currently celebrating their 20th anniversary. Recent awards and fellowships include the MacArthur Foundation, US Artists, Doris Duke Foundation and Ford Foundation. Moran collaborated with his wife, the mezzo-soprano/composer Alicia Hall Moran, as named artists in the 2012 Whitney Biennial (BLEED) and for the 2015 Venice Biennial (Work Songs) and Carnegie Hall (Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration). Since his first album, he has produced fourteen additional albums, created scores for Ava DuVernay’s films Selma and 13th, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ staged and upcoming film adaptation of Between the World and Me. In 2018, Moran’s first solo museum exhibition opened at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Moran is currently the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center, teaches at New England Conservatory and curates the Artist’s Studio series for Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

Total Freedom:
Total Freedom is a multidisciplinary artist, musician and producer based in New York. He is a founding member of Fade to Mind, a Los Angeles-based music label, and has been a consequential voice in New York's Gh20G0th1K parties since their inception. Known for his collaborations, Total Freedom has worked with fellow artists including Arca, Boychild and Josh Johsnon, as well as fashion brands Telfar and Hood by Air. He was the creative director of Anthem for the 9th Berlin Biennale, and performed at the inaugural Ghost2561, a performance and video art series in Bangkok. Recently Total Freedom was in residence at the Shed, New York and BOFFO, Fire Island, and performed at the closing of Gropius Bau's Ritual of Care performance series. He is the creator of WILDNESS and Grown, two club nights with roots in Los Angeles.

Recorded November 2021, Brooklyn, NY.
4 min 08 sec
“How much more terrible was the Night.”