We invite you to watch the interview discussing this project to learn about our music commission, art commission, and unique perspective on Santa Monica Black life, all culminating together into the making of this film.To help support this special production, please visit www.OrchestraSantaMonica.org/donate/.
Join Roger Kalia on Facebook for talks and interviews with musicians, artists and local leaders. We hear about their early musical influences, current passion projects and thoughts on the future of the arts in our community.
June 16 Interview (archived): This interview led by Roger Kalia presents some exciting news and information about an upcoming film project "We Gather: Black Life in Santa Monica told through music, visuals, and narrative" being produced by OSM this summer and scheduled for release in the fall. OSM musicians will be playing Derrick Skye's original music "We Gather" which will serve as the film's soundtrack. The film will be freely available online in order to share this cultural resource with the widest audience possible.
Project partners Derrick Skye (composer), Robbie Jones (historian), and Kevin McCants (artist) will join the interview and Distinguished Professor of Musicology, Raymond Knapp, will provide his perspective on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts. [This project is made possible in part by Art of Recovery, an initiative of the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs.]
NOTE: This interview, along with other past interviews, can be watched by all at OSM's Facebook page. (See links below; A Facebook account is not needed to view these videos).