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CULTURE SHOCK: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Jadele McPherson, t’ai freedom ford, Val Jeanty: If the woman is a drum...

Date & Time

Last event was Saturday, April 23, 2016


On the High Line at the 23rd Street Seating Steps

Celebrate the life and work of internationally acclaimed poet and performer Jayne Cortez (1934-2012). Join Jadele McPherson, t'ai freedom ford, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, and electronic musician Val Jeanty as they invoke surrealism, politics, the spoken word, and New York City. "If the drum is a woman" will feature original works as well as selected classics by Cortez. Curated by LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, this program is one of three events (Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts/The David Rubenstein Atrium, April 14 and The Poets House, April 16) honoring Cortez during Poetry Month.

In the event of rain or inclement weather, this program will be rescheduled to Saturday, April 30, same time.

Jadele McPherson, is a performer and scholar who most recently starred in Prophetika at La Mama Theater. She wrote and presented DA CLOCK (2015) at Pregones Theater and JACK, the third piece in a series reflecting on violence and the black body. Lead composer and vocalist in the Afro-Cuban jazz quartet "Afrocubanismo," she is also committed to bilingual arts education, and Afrodescendant spiritual arts as a healing response to trauma in marginalized communities.

t'ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, No, Dear, The African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, Poetry, and others. Her first poetry collection, "how to get over," is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.

Electronic music composer/percussionist/turntablist, Val Jeanty, aka Val-Inc, incorporates her African-Haitian Musical traditions, combining acoustic sounds with electronics, and the archaic with the postmodern. Her "Afro-Electronica" installations have been showcased at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Village Vanguard, and internationally at SaalFelden Music Festival, Stanser Musiktage, and Jazz à la Villette.

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK. Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at MoMA, MET Breuer, Walker Art Center, and the 2015 Venice Biennale. An independent curator, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and El Museo del Barrio. A native of Harlem, LaTasha is the recipient of numerous awards, including New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Creative Capital.

Culture Shock is generously supported by Adam Norbury & R. Martin Chavez.
Public Programs on the High Line are supported by Altman Foundation. These programs are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.