Peter Sellars Hosts: Tyshawn Sorey's 'Josephine Baker' at the Ojai Music Festival

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OJAI, CA - June 11, 2016: World Premiere of Josephine Baker: A Portrait, with ICE, Julia Bullock, and Tyshawn Sorey.

Thursday, June 8, the 2017 Ojai Music Festival launches with four days of performances and premieres of music by this year's Artistic Director Vijay Iyer alongside Anthony Braxton, Suzanne Farrin, Tyshawn Sorey, George Lewis and more. To prepare, we're revisiting the highlights of 2016 festival with four programs hosted by then- Ojai Music Director, the legendary theater and opera director Peter Sellars.

For this final installment of the four-part recap series, Sellars introduces us to Tyshawn Sorey's Josephine Baker: A Portrait, an emotive operatic tour through the life of the singer and activist, the only woman to speak at the 1963 March on Washington.

Recorded on June 11, the performance features soprano Julia Bullock, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Sorey himself on drums and piano.


Tyshawn Sorey – Josephine Baker: A Portrait

This on-demand music is part of a partnership between Q2 Music and the Ojai Music Festival to share live recordings from the festival dating back to the 2012 season.