African American spirituals showcase the majesty of the human spirit. Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual, through beautifully intricate artistic testimony, illustrates and conceptualizes community rooted in reflection, self-discovery, recovery and empathy. “We can learning from one another,” started Inspira founder, Amanda Kemp.
Comprised of five movements, Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the 13 Amendment, 25th Anniversary of the Tienanmen Square protests and events currently enfolding in Ferguson, MO.
Identifiable themes and motifs are delicately strung throughout the performance. With a rich blend of African American spirituals, classical and jazz influences, Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual inspires, challenges and celebrates cultural struggle and unrest. Such musicians as jazz saxophonist, Francis Wong; renowned violinist, Michael Jamanis; and community organizer, storyteller and vocalist, Matthew Armstead, will be lending their musical and artistic talents.
“Creating an engaged and dynamic community requires a lot of give and take,” argues Amanda. “Inspira invites you to discover something new and to become a part of something larger than yourself.” Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual is sourced by and for the community. Proceeds will cover commission fees and travel costs. Amanda hopes to raise $16,500 needed to cover these expenses.
“We’re bringing together a range of resources,” started Amanda. “Money donated will allow these musicians to collaborate which, in turn, will allow Inspira to grow.”
Additionally, excerpts will be performed on December 14, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m at Warehouse D. Tickets for this event are available by donation. To RSVP, please visit Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual Work in Progress. For more information or to donate to Inspira: The Power of the Spiritual, please visit them online.