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Rufus Reid, Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor

This project is a collaboration between the UI School of Music, Hancher Auditorium, and the African American Studies Program.

With a career spanning 50+ years, jazz bassist, composer, educator and Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Rufus Reid’s work has been influenced by notable associations with a long and distinguished list of international jazz luminaries - including Eddie Harris, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, J.J. Johnson, Nancy Wilson, and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath to name but a few. Now retired from academic teaching, Reid spent over 20 years as Director of Jazz Studies & Performance at William Paterson University. Since then, he has garnered international acclaim as a composer – both within and beyond jazz. These efforts have not gone unrecognized, as Reid has received a number of prestigious composition fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Chamber Music America and ASCAP among many others. His composition Quite Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project is a substantial work which is based on the creations of esteemed Iowa alumna and cultural activist Elizabeth Catlett. A Hancher performance of Quiet Pride will serve as the capstone of Reid’s five day Ida Beam residency here at Iowa.

Residency Schedule

Free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, October 9

11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., for UI art students only

Lunch and Artist-Centered Discussion w/ Ida Beam Visiting Prof. Rufus Reid
With a selection of Catlett prints (hand-picked by U of I art students) serving as the focal point, Reid and Iowa art students will engage in direct conversation regarding the creative process, the transference of texture into sound and the challenges/rewards of collaboration across traditional dividing lines within the fine arts. Dr. Joyce Tsai of the UIMA will serve as moderator and facilitator of this fascinating conversation, which is directed specifically at practicing art students. Public Space 1/ The Center for Afrofuturist Studies. (Occupancy: 50+ people)

3 – 4 p.m.at the Iowa Memorial Union, third floor

UI Museum of Art Presentation of Select Catlett Holdings

This will be moderated by UI Museum of Art curator, Dr. Joyce Tsai, who will share a presentation regarding the work of Elizabeth Catlett and engage in conversation with Mr. Reid on why he chose Catlett’s work as the subject for his Grammy-nominated composition “Quiet Pride.”

Reservations are required, as attendance is limited to 25 persons per showing. To attend, please RSVP by visiting https://goo.gl/wMPLvY

3:30 – 5 p.m., 2451 Voxman Music Building

Open rehearsal: Rufus Reid with Johnson County Landmark 

Rufus Reid with Johnson County Landmark in preparation for Wednesday performance at Catlett dorm.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Old Capitol Museum

“Stories of Elizabeth Catlett” interview and Q&A. Moderated by Catlett expert Dr. Melanie Herzog as part of the Hancher @ the Museum series.
Melanie Herzog is Professor of Art History and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. She holds a BA in Art and Art History from Johnston College (now Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands), and an MFA in Ceramics and a PhD in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the recipient of the James R. Underkofler Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award (2006) and Edgewood College’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Multicultural Education (2008). Professor Herzog teaches, publishes, and lectures widely on North American art and visual culture. With an emphasis on socially engaged artistic practices and issues of race, gender, identity, and representation, her publications include Elizabeth Catlett: An American Artist in Mexico (2000), Milton Rogovin: The Making of a Social Documentary Photographer (2006), “Imaging History, Memory, and the Raced and Gendered Body: The Legacy of Elizabeth Catlett,” in The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World (2012), “Elizabeth Catlett in Mexico at Mid-Century: Navigating Gender and Visual Politics across Cultural Borders,” in American Women Artists, 1935-1970: Gender, Culture, and Politics (2016), and “Chinese in America: Flo Oy Wong, Suturing Gaps in the Weave,” in Contemporary Citizenship, Art, and Visual Culture: Making and Being Made (2018), as well as additional essays on various contemporary U.S. artists.

Wednesday, October 10

10:30 – 11:40 a.m., 350 Van Allen Hall

Class visit: “Creativity for a Lifetime” with Professors Matt Gilchrist and Anita Jung: A Q&A with UI students
In Creativity for a Lifetime, students will learn the significance of creativity in human happiness and success. Creativity is part of what makes us human, and understanding the creative process is relevant to all of us. In this course, we will examine questions about big ideas, such as: What is creativity and how can we be more creative? What can we learn from closely examining our own and others’ creative work? What is the role of creativity across the human lifespan? How can creative work be a part of healthy adult life and healthy aging? We will especially consider the lives and work of artists. Because artists intensively imagine things that don’t yet exist, understanding artist’s experiences will enhance innovation and imagination. Students in the arts, liberal arts, sciences, and social sciences can apply the experience gained from studying the outcomes of creativity and working with established artists to other academic disciplines.

12 – 1 p.m.at the Iowa Memorial Union, third floor

UI Museum of Art Presentation of Select Catlett Holdings, featuring Rufus Reid

This will be moderated by UI Museum of Art curator, Dr. Joyce Tsai, who will share a presentation regarding the work of Elizabeth Catlett and engage in conversation with Mr. Reid on why he chose Catlett’s work as the subject for his Grammy-nominated composition “Quiet Pride.”

Reservations are required, as attendance is limited to 25 persons per showing. To attend, please RSVP by visiting https://goo.gl/wMPLvY

7 – 8 p.m. in Catlett Hall

Catlett Dorm Performance: Rufus Reid in Concert with Johnson County Landmark

Join UI’s premier jazz ensemble in a collaborative concert with esteemed jazz bassist, composer, and 2018 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Rufus Reid. JCL will perform Rufus Reid's arrangement of "Round Midnight" and feature him on bass with the band. The concert also includes the performance of Reid’s tribute to saxophonist John Coltrane "Of Regal Patience," Thad Jones’ iconic composition "Three and One," as well as original selections from the suite "Unlikely Characters" by John Rapson. This performance is free and open to the public, but does not count for recital attendance credit.

Thursday, October 11

9:30 – 11:00 a.m., 2451 Voxman Music Building

Class Visit: Intro and Intermediate Jazz Improvisation

Pulling from an impressive 50+ years of amassed career experience, master jazz musician Rufus Reid will lead a workshop for UI jazz improvisation students. This workshop is geared toward student musicians, but will be open for observation by the public.

2 – 3:15 p.m., 0002 Voxman Music Building

Class Visit: “The Soundtrack of Black America” 

Topic: Jazz and its Culture from the Standpoint of a Career Musician

Rufus Reid discusses the cultural significance of jazz music and its related culture from the standpoint of a career musician who has taught and performed the music all over the world. Appropriate for all audiences. Limited extra seating is available.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.at the Iowa Memorial Union, third floor

UI Museum of Art Presentation of Select Catlett Holdings

This will be moderated by UI Museum of Art curator, Dr. Joyce Tsai, who will share a presentation regarding the work of Elizabeth Catlett and engage in conversation with Mr. Reid on why he chose Catlett’s work as the subject for his Grammy-nominated composition “Quiet Pride.”

Reservations are required, as attendance is limited to 25 persons per showing. To attend, please RSVP by visiting https://goo.gl/wMPLvY

7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Voxman Music Building Recital Hall

"Closing Doors to Allow Others to Open” The Story Behind “Quiet Pride” (scholarly presentation)

Please join jazz bassist, composer and Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Rufus Reid as he presents an insider’s perspective on the conception and creative process associated with his Grammy-nominated composition/recording “Quiet Pride: The Elizabeth Catlett Project”.  This composition is based entirely on the work of esteemed Iowa alumna artist Elizabeth Catlett, and represents a uniquely interdisciplinary merging of the worlds of jazz, composition and visual art.  The lecture will discuss how Reid has been able to connect his 50 year professional performance and teaching career with the daunting and exhilarating world of composition leading up to the 2018-19 Hancher concert series performance of “Quiet Pride” on Saturday, October 13. Free and appropriate for all ages.

8:30 – 9:30 p.m., Voxman Music Building Pearl West Lobby

Post-presentation reception/meet and greet. Light food/refreshments will be served.

Friday, October 12

12-1 p.m., 2451 Voxman Music Building

Jazz Studies Department Seminar masterclass: “Who’s Minding the Store?” Clinic with Jazz Master Rufus Reid

Reid will discuss life, his 50+ year career, music, his work as a composer and field questions from audience members. A rare opportunity to get a glimpse inside the mind of one of the handful of living jazz masters. Free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

Saturday, October 13

7:30 p.m. in Hancher Auditorium

Quiet Pride: A Celebration of Elizabeth Catlett performance
The apex of the residency is the performance of Rufus Reid’s original Grammy-nominated composition “Quiet Pride”, which is based on the work of prominent African-American sculptor, civil rights activist and distinguished Iowa alumna Elizabeth Catlett. Reid composed a brilliant 5-movement suite for jazz orchestra inspired by Catlett's work which resulted is the Motema Records album “Quiet Pride” in 2014. The album was nominated for Grammy awards in the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble” and “Best Instrumental Composition” categories. A distinguished alumna who is just recently garnering the recognition she deserves here at Iowa, Catlett’s work and memory were recently honored by the new namesake dorm opened in the fall of 2017. Today, her work can be found in the collections of the White House and the Museum of Modern Art among others. Reid had the good fortune of becoming friends with Catlett several years before her death in 2012. The inspiration for "Quiet Pride" stems from Reid's fascination with five specific sculptures from Catlett's collection, namely: “Recognition”, “Mother & Child”, “Stargazer (Tapestry In The Sky)”, “Singing Head” and “Glory.”. More info>>

 

Post-concert reception/meet and greet with full band. Hancher Auditorium, Strauss Green Room