Anthony R. Green is a composer, performer and social justice advocate. His work is centered on fairness and freedom, including a piece entitled “Piano Concerto: Solution”. The composition will be played at Milwaukee Museum of Art March 10. He is part of Current music In fire performance, in partnership with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee.
Green shares more of a lead on this performance. He begins by explaining how he became interested in composition and how he hopes to change the world of classical music.
“Being exposed to live music every week and being so curious about how to do things, how to do things – I think that all boiled down to create a recipe for me being a musician, and eventually a songwriter,” Green Explain.
Green says her piece “Piano Concerto: Solutions” is a statement about how women should feel empowered and emboldened to be who they are. He was inspired by the personal experiences of the contemporary pianist Eunmi Kowho will interpret the composition.
Elements of protest, physicality and historical testimony are all included in the show. Green points out that the physical and musical elements of his composition are nothing new and have been part of classical history for years. And that those parts are left out because of the stuffy, elite box that classical music can put there.
“It’s this really interesting, juicy stuff that doesn’t happen to the public. The public is so concerned about keeping this identity of classical music just for Mozart, Beethoven, Bach and Tchaikovsky, just for these dead white men,” said he declared. said.
To ensure that his artistic work is centered on equality and freedom, Green says he stays true to the high standard he sets for himself.
Whether his compositions are political or related to social justice or not, Green believes that even his abstract music can provide a sense of excitement and encourage people to seek out more music by black composers.
“I do my best to convey an emotion or a feeling to the listener. I hope that emotion in the listener is the aspect of social justice, it is the aspect of freedom and equality, that I place in all my compositions, whether they are political or not or related to social justice,” he says.
Castle of our skins, an organization co-founded by Green, was created to showcase and celebrate black art, culture and personalities past and present. He says the group formed after realizing he and his friends had never really played classical music by black people.
Now the group is in its ninth season and features not only black songwriters in the United States, but also Afro-Cuban, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-British, Afro-European and African songwriters, Green says.
“We do our best to extend our support to anyone who identifies as Black, but also to try to teach everyone, regardless of race and cultural background, that Black people have been part of this tradition for 500 years, and we’re not leaving anytime soon,” he said.
Many minority and oppressed groups who have contributed significantly to the world of classical music feel left out, he says. “As soon as we start to paint a more accurate picture of what this world is like, I think the equity work can really start and really thrive,” Green says.
You can catch a live, in-person performance of Anthony R. Green’s piece, “Piano Concerto: Solution,” at the Milwaukee Art Museum on March 10. His composition will be one of many in “Ablaze”. Reservations are required to attend the event in person or to access the live stream.
The live concert is presented by Present Music in partnership with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee.