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The New York based Christine Correa Ensemble features, from left, Sam Newsome, Christine Correa, Andrew Boudreau, Kim Case and Michael Sarin. Submitted photo

The UMF Emery Community Arts Center plans to present a stellar jazz concert by the New York based quintet Christine Correa Ensemble. “Just You Stand and Listen with Me: Songs of Protest and Resistance,” will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Emery Performance Space on the University of Maine at Farmington campus on Main Street.

The event is free and open to the public.

Christine Correa Submitted photo

This musical event features vocalist Christine Correa along with her collaborators Sam Newsome, Michael Sarin, Kim Cass and Andrew Boudreau as they revisit and re-imagine rarely performed compositions by renowned percussionist Max Roach.

Roach (1924-2007) was an American jazz drummer and composer, and a pioneer of bebop. He worked with many famous jazz musicians and is considered one of the most important drummers in history. He would have been celebrating his centennial in 2024.

This music, with lyrics by Oscar Brown Jr, is drawn from Roach91 “Freedom Now Suite” and “Percussion Bitter Sweet” recordings of the 196091 from a period in Roach91 career when he was deeply engaged in the struggle for civil rights and freedoms.

These pieces were created at a specific time in the nation91 history and the music was a reflection of a movement. The musical content and the texts/poems speak truths to the present realities of race relations and politics in America as much as they did in the 1960s.

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It is for this reason that Correa has decided to resurrect these pieces and believes that it is highly relevant to recognize and celebrate this music specifically and Max Roach91 contribution to the American cultural landscape and society in general.

Correa, director of the Maine Jazz Camp at UMF since 1994, is a native of Bombay, India. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. After relocating to the U.S. in 1979, she soon became involved in a variety of improvisational contexts. Correa has performed and recorded with artists such as Ran Blake, Steve Lacy and John LaPorta and has appeared at numerous festivals and clubs in the U.S., Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and India.

For more information contact Ann Bartges, director of UMF Emery Community Arts Center at ann.bartges@maine.edu or 207-778-7461.

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