If you have seen the critically acclaimed movie, Selma, then you know that the sound track is equally compelling as the film. The arranger of the powerful sound track is composer jazz pianist and native Houstonian Jason Moran. The songs “Bloody Sunday”, “Final Speech” and “Cager Lee” are actually performed by the musical prodigy.
Growing up, Moran’s parents cultivated his musical and artistic talents by enrolling him into various top-notched musical training programs such as the renowned Yelena Kurinets Suzuki Music School where he received classical piano training and the Houston Symphony Young Artist Competition where he showcased his tuneful melodic talent. His artistic gifts broaden even farther into the arts from spending time in museums and galleries.
Now Moran is back in Houston in conjunction with Da Camera of Houston and The Menil Museum where you can see him pay homage to visual artist fellow Texans Robert Rauschenber and his “Holed Up” project. Rauschenber has had a major influence on Moran’s work. This event will be held at the Menil Museum on February 5th.
In the meantime, Moran is schedule to appear and perform at several events around town starting tonight. The schedule of events is listed below:
Saturday, January 31, 7:00 PM, Eldorado Ballroom: Listening Party with Jason Moran playing and discussing his favorite recordings, co-hosted by Tierney Malone, Homecoming Residency Host Committee member and host of KPFT’s Houston Jazz Spotlight. 2310 Elgin St. Free
Monday, February 2, 9am to Noon Special edition of KPFT’s Houston Jazz Spotlight, featuring an interview with Jason Moran and an extensive selection of his music. Hosted by Tierney Malone. KPFT radio HD-3. kpft.org.
Thursday February 5, 7:00 PM at The Menil Collection:Artists Talk with Jason Moran, Robert Pruitt and Sarah Rothenberg. The creators of “Holed Up” discuss their creative process. Free
Saturday, February 7, 8:00 PM, Cullen Theater, Wortham Center: Tickets required