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12.11 Basquiat and the Blues

Basquiat.BluesOn Thursday, December 11, I will debut my “Basquiat & the Blues,” a commission by the Ogden Museum and the Curator of Southern Music, Libra LaGrone. I’m calling it a “live sound installation” consisting of short “soundscapes” that will accompany the nine works in Prospect 3’s exhibition, “Basquiat and the Bayou.” Although the pieces exhibited for “Basquiat and the Bayou” were all created prior to Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s 1988 visit to New Orleans, they were selected for their references to the South. My goal is for the music to be in dialogue with the pieces and to emphasize their cultural implications and recurring themes of dignity and creative potency. The band will include Herlin Riley, Don Vappie, David Pulphus and Alfred Roberts.

The show will be from 6pm to 8pm on the main floor of Goldring Hall, the Ogden’s foyer.

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11.23 “Barolo Bound” Italian Wine Dinner

Barolo Bound

This event hosted by Pearl Wine Co. has been years in the making, since I attended a 2011 Beni di Batasiolo event in Southern California. Finally, Certified Italian Wine Specialist, Stefano Poggi, has found time in his schedule to bring Batasiolo’s select Northern Italian wines to New Orleans. The five wines including their 2010 Barolo will be accompanied by a gourmet tasting menu and musical interludes by my group, Clarinet Road. A short concert will follow the wine dinner, while Poggi remains on hand to answer questions about the wines and share the Dogliani family’s history.(They’re the world’s leading family producer of Barolo!)

Seating is very limited, and reservations will be required. Phone: (504) 483-6314

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