Not Voice As Usual, is an evening performance of songs which speak to using one’s voice to bring to bear justice, equality, or, for, out, and if necessary, against silence at times deemed crucial for action. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote reminds us…”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter,” we must decide when those times arise that you must make your voice heard. Sometimes, we must choose not to be silent, Not Voice As Usual!
NCCU music faculty, jazz vocal musician Lenora Zenzalai Helm will perform her original compositions from her six CD releases, and arrangements by NCCU music professor and saxophonist Brian Horton. Also featured will be many NCCU music department colleagues including, Timothy Holley, cello; Baron Tymas, guitar; Ed Paolantonio, piano; and Thomas Taylor percussion. Helm’s trio of NCCU Jazz Studies graduate music alums, Ryan Hanseler, piano; Larry Q. Draughn, Jr., drums and graduating senior Lance E. Scott, Jr., acoustic bass will also appear, as well as members of NCCU’s vocal jazz group, “Resolution,” and other special guests. Additional repertoire will include an interesting range of genres from Rachmaninoff, Villa-Lobos and Vivaldi, to Elton John, Nina Simone and John Coltrane.
This concert is free and open to the public.