Jenkins2 is a dramatic cantata for live performance drawing on the artists’ personal and familial biographies: African American and Welsh. Griffin grew up in Wales; her mother’s maiden name was Jenkins. Based on the idea that, sharing a Welsh surname, the librettist and composer/violinist might also share a common slave-owner ancestor. Long time friends, they launched this project focusing on the cultural and political histories of their families. Plus an encore piece with Jenkins and “Blue” Gene Tyranny, piano.
Mary Griffin & Leroy Jenkins
Thursday, May 3, 2001 @ 8:30 pm