Sunday, May 8, 2016

BelAir Radio Presents Norman W. Long Re/Presencing Performance & DJ set



This is a radio performance of soundscapes layered upon soundscapes from Jackson Park and 63rd St Beach, time folded in on itself with echoes of Ida B. Wells writings on the absence of the black body at this site mixed with recordings from Lou Harrison, Artistic Heritage Ensemble, Exploding Star Orchestra,  Robert AA Lowe, Anthony Braxton and Josh Abrams. My expectation is that this piece gives us the space to contemplate and meditate on our own presence.


            Jackson Park was an integral part of the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Ida B. Wells published  “THE REASON WHY The Colored American is not in the World's Columbian Exposition. The Afro-American's Contribution to Columbian Literature”            
            This pamphlet protests the absence of African-Americans at the fair and also protests the booming prison industrial complex and lynching of black men all across America.  She also highlights the progress of African Americans since the emancipation as equally important and intertwined with the progress of America. Recently, there has been an effort to restore the dune ecology at the 63rd Street beach, and the restoration of the Wooded Isle. Jackson Park and the beach is also an active hub for recreation and cultural activity in the community. I have been recording a diverse body of programmatic, architectural and ecological spaces that comprise Jackson Park. The Rebuild Foundation is a key factor in the cultural, architectural and urban restoration of the communities surrounding Jackson Park. These programs and site offers us a re-presencing  in the face of an abscencing of the black body due to violence, corrupt criminal justice system and the prison industrial complex.

re/presencing - Norman W. Long

Double Concerto: Epicuros - Double concerto : for violin and cello with Javanese gamelan - Lou
Harrison - Soundscapes [sound recording] : works by Lou Harrison, Henry Cowell, Paul Reale -

re/presencing - Norman W. Long

Make Way To The City / The Arc Of Slavery #72, Galactic Parables: Volume 1 - Exploding Star Orchestra

re/presencing - Norman W. Long

Magick Creek - We Know Each Other Somehow - Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe* & Ariel Kalma

re/presencing - Norman W. Long

On The Beach - On The Beach- Philip Cohran And The Artistic Heritage Ensemble

re/presencing - Norman W. Long

Represencing - Represencing - Joshua Abrams

re/presencing - Norman W. Long

Side 1 Cut 2 - Creative Orchestra Music 1976 - Anthony Braxton

Walking 2 - for hyde park - Norman W. Long