Recorded Music of the African Diaspora is a historically significant series of recordings that will encompass music from the African diaspora. In keeping with the mission of the CBMR to promote a better understanding of and access to black music from around the world, the series will embrace the widest-possible range of musical styles, genres, periods, and provenances, spanning popular and vernacular musics in myriad black music performance practices to concert and art music by black composers from around the world. The series will include rereleases of prior recordings, new recordings made by a wide variety of music ensembles, and even releases of field recordings of black music from around the world. Although the recording series is coordinated primarily by the Center for Black Music Research and Albany Records, it will use the expertise of scholars, artistic advisers, and performing arts institutions to ensure that the highest standards of scholarship and performance are achieved.
Music by Mary D. Watkins and Olly W. Wilson
(Albany Records, 2010)
Watkins's Five Movements in Color and Wilson's Of Visions and Truth: A Song Cycle, performed by the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.
Cover image: “Voyager” by Kerry James Marshall, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Used by permission of the artist.
Legacy: Violin Music of African-American Composers
(Albany Records, 2011)
Violinist Tami Lee Hughes and pianist Ellen Bottorff present a collection of works spanning three centuries by Francis Johnson, George Morrison, David N. Baker, Ozie Cargile, and Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes.
Cover image: “Initially Yours,” created in February 2011 by Alicia McDaniel. Used by permission of the artist.
Florence B. Price Orchestral Music
(Albany Records, 2011)
The third issue in the series features the first recordings made of two works by Florence B. Price (1887–1953)—her first symphony, Symphony in E Minor (1932), and her Concerto in One Movement (1934). The score and parts for the concerto, which were lost, have been reconstructed by composer Trevor Weston for this project based on existing two- and three-piano versions prepared by Price. The works have been recorded by the Center's New Black Music Repertory Ensemble featuring pianist Karen Walwyn.
Cover art: “Dancing through the Night’s Desire” (2004), by Evelyn Patricia Terry, used by permission of the artist.
These albums are available in their entirety for free streaming online.
Black Music: The Written Tradition
℗ and © 1990 Columbia College Chicago. Used by permission.
These recordings were made live on October 13, 1989, at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri by the Black Music Repertory Ensemble. The concert and this recording were sponsored by the Center for Black Music Research and The College Music Society.
(p) and © 1997 Ocean Records. Used by Permission.
Eight Chicago musicians who performed folk and popular music from all regions of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean composed Ensemble Kalinda Chicago, the performance group of the Center's Project Kalinda. The group performed selections from genres such as the son, samba, méringue/merengue, bomba y plena, salsa, calypso, bolero and cha cha cha in lecture-demonstrations.