BSAC’s Carnegie Hall “Conduction” Workshop

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) today announced that self-described “territory band, neo-tribal thang, community hang” Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber (BSAC) will lead a free workshop for six rising musicians, ages 18-35, from March 31-April 3, 2022, as part of the Hall’s ongoing series of workshops and master classes for young professional musicians. The BSAC workshop will focus on the group’s approach to “Conduction,” also known as conducted improvisation, coined, constructed, and championed by Butch Morris. 

BSAC who “continues to celebrate never playing anything the same way once” will aim to enhance the selected musicians interpretive and decision-making abilities by expanding their concept of composition, orchestration and arrangement in real-time; while delving deep into the connective tissue binding “Conduction” to jazz, rock, funk, twentieth-century composition, and African music in a lyrical, exploratory and improvisational manner.

The residency culminates with BSAC’s “Cosmic Riddem, Esoteric Rambunction & Eclectic Blue Cheer~Conduction #5 as the workshop participants and musicians of Burnt Sugar perform an original conduction in Zankel Hall on April 3, 2022.  BSAC’s residency is presented as part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide Afrofuturism festival. Applications for the free workshop are now open online and must be submitted by February 11, 2022.

About Carnegie Hall‘s Workshops and Master Classes

Artists on the rise are given valuable access to world-class performers and composers through free workshops and master classes for young professional musicians (ages 18-35), created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI). Participants are selected after responding to an open call for auditions. These up-and coming musicians receive personal coaching and mentoring from leading artists, helping them to reach their artistic and professional goals. Previous workshops and master classes presented by WMI have featured Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Marilyn Horne, Zakir Hussain, Abdullah Ibrahim, Bobby McFerrin, Brad Mehldau, Paquito d’Rivera, and more celebrated artists across multiple genres. 

About Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute

Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) creates visionary programs that embody Carnegie Hall’s commitment to music education, playing a central role in fulfilling the Hall’s mission of making great music accessible to as many people as possible. With unparalleled access to the world’s greatest artists, WMI’s programs are designed to inspire audiences of all ages, nurture tomorrow’s musical talent, and harness the power of music to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. An integral part of Carnegie Hall’s concert season, these programs facilitate creative expression, develop musical skills and capacities at all levels, and encourage participants to make lifelong personal connections to music.

The Weill Music Institute generates new knowledge through original research and is committed to giving back to its community and the field, sharing an extensive range of online music education resources and program materials for free with teachers, orchestras, arts organizations, and music lovers worldwide. More than 800,000 people each year engage in WMI’s programs through national and international partnerships, in New York City schools and community settings, and at Carnegie Hall with many more taking part online. This includes more than half a million students and teachers worldwide who participate in WMI’s Link Up music education program for students in grades 3 through 5, made possible through Carnegie Hall partnerships with more than 115 orchestras in the US, as well as internationally in New Zealand, Canada, China, Japan, Kenya, and Spain. 

Lead support for workshops and master classes is provided by Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Mr. & Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and A.E. Charitable Foundation. 

Workshops and master classes are made possible, in part, by Mr. & Mrs. Nicola Bulgari.

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Support for Afrofuturism is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation & Bank of America.

This project is supported in part by a National Endowment for the Arts award. 

Support for the visual arts components of the Afrofuturism festival has been provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.