In the month leading up to MLK Day, our blog will be exploring diverse expressions of art created by people of color. The blog will highlight artists, collaborators, performers, poets, filmmakers, and everything in between. We will be exploring creative outlets that express the various ways racial injustice exists today.
One of his ongoing projects, Convergence, which is featured in the video, combines Ashkenazi and African American traditional musical forms. In the video, he talks about creating a precedent for the harmonic merging of Negro spirituals and Yiddish art songs, and how this work helped him “fall into himself” – as a performer, as an African American man, and as a Jew by choice. The first recording of Convergence is set to be released in 2017 – find out more at Russell’s website.