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Cry Of My People
Sat, Apr 8, 2023
The Cry of My People

Featuring Archie Shepp, Linda Sharrock, and Claudia Rankine

“Freedom is something that has to be constantly monitored and watched.”—Archie Shepp

We invite sonic commotion for civic disruption through performance, poetry, and revolutionary thought. This show’s lineup features three artists who empower audiences to decipher the sorrow, rage, and angst of an era. The Cry of My People conveys aural imagery of Blackness and Black life in America for audience contemplation. With majestic composer, pianist and organist Amina Claudine Myers accompanying on piano along with a 10-piece band, Archie Shepp presents a selection of his spiritual yet radically charged works including the fiery and intriguing Algiers-inspired “Yasmina, a Black Woman.”

In her first live New York City performance since the 1970s, Linda Sharrock’s powerful vocal projections offer the audience a moment of witness to the voice as an instrument. Honoring Linda’s incomparable virtuosity—which prominently shaped Sonny Sharrock’s 1969 Black Woman album—the performance will activate an emotionally charged atmosphere of self-determination in a searing suite of empowerment.

Claudia Rankine shares select readings from her poetic works The End Of The Alphabet (1998) and Just Us: An American Conversation (2020).

Program Notes from Saint Heron

Fri Feb 17
BAM Members and Saint Heron Patrons at 12pm
Tue Feb 21
General Public at 12pm


BAM Members receive 20% off through March 15. No promo code needed.

All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff. 

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Saturday April 08, 2023
Performances no longer available.

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by
the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

JL Greene


Leadership support for programming in the
Howard Gilman Opera House provided by:

JL Greene


Leadership support for Eldorado Ballroom, Curated by Solange Knowles for Saint Heron provided by Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels:

Van Cleef

Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp
Archie Shepp, a giant of free jazz, helped to birth the genre we know today as spiritual jazz. After performing in bands with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, and John Coltrane, his 1965 album Fire Music announced his political awakening and love of African culture. Shepp’s two albums from 1972, Attica Blues and The Cry of My People, centered around civil rights. He is a playwright and educator, a professor of music at University of Massachusetts Amherst for 30 years, and a professor of African-American studies at SUNY in Buffalo. At BAM, he will lead a 10-person ensemble including Amina Claudine Myers, Pyeng Threadgill, Jason Moran, Avery Sharpe, Ronnie Burrage, Amir ElSaffar, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and more.
Linda Sharrock
Linda Sharrock
Linda Sharrock is an incomparably virtuosic singer, leveraging her voice as pure instrument. She first performed with Pharoah Sanders before joining her then-husband Sonny Sharrock’s band. She is at the center of his seminal album, 1969’s Black Woman, “capturing the rage of an era without speaking any words” (Bandcamp). Releasing music and performing throughout the 1970s, she moved to Vienna. Sharrock suffered a stroke in 2009, leaving her partially disabled and aphasic, yet returned to music in 2012. Her BAM show, a triumphant homecoming, will be her first performance in New York City since 1979.
Claudia Rankine
Claudia Rankine
Jamaican-American poet, playwright, educator and multimedia artist Claudia Rankine’s vivid works span themes of intimacy in pensive and transparent mediations. The MacArthur Genius award-winning poet astoundingly crosses genres in truths that call for social justice and challenge the boundaries of conversations surrounding selfhood and identity.
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