Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Modern Marimba present A Place for You, an hour-long concert celebrating Black history, for and by Black folks, featuring Steph Davis on marimba and collaborating artists.
“In a way, this concert is my own attempt at placemaking within a music genre historically dominated by white men. This is a love letter to Black composers — Thank you for all the music you have given us. It is also a message for young Black musicians — Your creativity matters. Don’t let anyone take away your voice.” -Steph Davis
Steph Davis on Placemaking: “Placemaking is a process focused on creating an environment that meets the needs of a people. It is a means for survival, joy and liberation. When the first Africans were enslaved and brought to the U.S. in 1619, they were robbed of their homes, languages and cultures. These enslaved communities practiced placemaking as a way to survive the loss of everything they knew. A Place for You begins with this history, and asks us to remember the painful and complex history of Black survival in the United States.”
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J. Rosamond Johnson, arr. Steph Davis – Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
Errollyn Wallen – Remember Marimba
L. Viola Kinney, adapted by Steph Davis – Mother’s Sacrifice
Steph Davis – I go to prepare a place for you.
Matthew Evan Taylor – Music for Two Marimbas
John Coltrane, arr. T.O. Lee – Naima
Traditional, arr. Steph Davis – Watch and Pray
George Walker, adapt. Steph Davis – Lyric for Strings for two marimbas
Harry Burleigh, arr. Steph Davis – Deep River
Music Director: Steph Davis
With gratitude to the following collaborators: