I'm actually going to keep this one short and sweet.
Last week, I attended the annual Sphinx Connect in Detroit. I had the pleasure of going with my TRILLOQUY co-host, Scott Blankenship this year, so it was great to see his eyes opened to a few new ideas. You can take a listen to our official review of the conference in this week's opus of TRILLOQUY. We also have a conversation about the definition of jazz - I think more people need to be engaging this as we move forward in classical music and explore conversations of diverse programming. Here's a clip from the opus:
It was BEYOND an honor to meet so many people, to participate in several of the Sphinx panels, and to engage with fans of TRILLOQUY! Every year, the conference gets a little more "trill" than in years past. This movement was inspired, in part, by a panel that I participated in a few years back. You can take a look at that one here (and forgive my attire - I've transitioned beyond the suit and tie at this point in my career):
I consider myself a classical music "disrupter" and agitator. The time is coming for me to stick my neck out and disrupt what I consider one of my safe spaces. It's time for Black people to address the inequity behind the phrase "people of color", in spaces that welcome those conversations AND in spaces where those conversations are considered a little uncomfortable. Time will tell which of those two categories Sphinx falls in...
Anyway, like I said, I'm keeping this one short and sweet. Listen - if I shook your hand at Sphinx and there's ANYTHING that I can do to help you, please reach out. I'm rooting for everybody, and I'm ESPECIALLY rooting for everybody black.