Here’s a Q&A with Black February cast member Greg Tate‘s Q&A, which followed the screening at the Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia last month.
Greg met Butch in the 1980s and was at Conduction No. 1 at the Kitchen in 1985. An esteemed culture critic, icon of the Village Voice and one of the founders of the Black Rock Coalition, Greg was moved enough by Conduction to start practicing it himself, notably as the leader of the groundbreaking Burnt Sugar Arkestra ensemble.
In the Q&A with Julia Lopez, Greg discusses Butch and the importance of Conduction.
A special thanks to Greg for heading out to the festival and sharing his insights into Butch and his work with the audience.
The BlackStar Film Festival starts today in Philadelphia.
Black February will be screening as part of the festival on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Drexel University Papadakis Auditorium.
We’re particularly excited that Greg Tate, leader of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra, renowned music critic, and dear friend of Butch, will be at the show for a post-screening Q&A.
All the details you need are on the festival’s website.
The BlackStar Festival is a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context. BlackStar highlights films that are often overlooked from emerging, established, and mid-career directors, writers and producers working in narrative, documentary, experimental and music video filmmaking.
We’re pleased to announce that Black February will be screening at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia.
The film will play at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Aug. 3 at Drexel University.
BlackStar is a celebration of cinema focused on work by and about people of African descent in a global context.
Butch was acutely aware of his heritage as an African American man and the limitations that society tried to place on him because of that. He saw Conduction as a way of breaking through those racial and musical boundaries, which existed even in New York in the ’70s and ’80s. Part of Butch’s genius arose out of his willingness to actively use Conduction to subvert those limitations and preconceptions.
In the clip below, Brandon Ross, Greg Tate, and Howard Mandel tell the story of Conduction No. 1, which became the celebrated album, Current Trends in Racism in Modern America.
The first Conduction, as described by Greg Tate, Brandon Ross and Howard Mandel. That seminal performance featured John Zorn, Christian Marclay, Zena Parkins, Tom Cora and Brandon, among others.