Darius Jones returns to Roulette on the eve of the 2020 Presidential Election to present a concert that upholds the truth that we can change this country. Jones’s past performances and community-based events have centered on a collection of compositions set in the understanding that artists have the duty and the power to inform, inspire, and empower their community. This performance will build on that amid the energy and uncertainty of the 2020 election, the Covid-19 crisis, and the global racial justice reckoning. Jones is joined by the ensemble Freedom Time, which brings together an innovative and bright group of musicians devoted to justice and change-making.
We Can Change the Country will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Roulette’s theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.
Jean Carla Rodea
Yoon Sun Choi
Tanya Kalmanovitch: Violin
Sean Conly: Bass
Gerald Cleaver: Drums
Darcy James Argue
Darius Jones has created a recognizable voice as a critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer by embracing individuality and innovation in the tradition of African-American music. Jones has been awarded the Van Lier Fellowship, Jerome Foundation Commission, Jerome Artist-in-Residence at Roulette, French-American Jazz Exchange Award, and, in 2019, the Fromm Music Foundation commission at Harvard University. Jones has released a string of diverse recordings featuring music and images evocative of Black Futurism. His work as a new music composer for voice culminated in a major debut performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Jones has collaborated with artists including Gerald Cleaver, Oliver Lake, William Parker, Andrew Cyrille, Craig Taborn, Wet Ink Ensemble, Jason Moran, Trevor Dunn, Dave Burrell, Eric Revis, Matthew Shipp, Marshall Allen, Nasheet Waits, Branford Marsalis, Travis Laplante, Fay Victor, Cooper-Moore, Matana Roberts, JD Allen, Matthew Shipp, Nicole Mitchell, Georgia Ann Muldrow, and many more. The New York Times named Jones among the Best Live Jazz Performances of 2017 for his Vision Festival performance with Farmers by Nature. In 2018, Darius premiered across the United States a major new composition entitled LawNOrder, a dramatic commentary on social justice and American politics. Jones’ music is a confrontation against apathy and ego, hoping to inspire authenticity that compels us to be better humans.
Darius Jones: We Can Change the Country was commissioned by Roulette and made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and New Music USA.