“Whistle While You Work” at REVERB ART + DESIGN Gallery

“Whistle While You Work”

Opens Tuesday, December 12th from 7-9pm | Reverb Art + Design | 130 W. Court St. | Suggested Donation: $7.00

In this new work, Napoleon Maddox expresses the dreams and realities that have confronted his family for generations, stretching back to his great-great grandfather, Jacob McKoy.

Maddox, along with master percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and acclaimed tenor saxophonist, JD Allen —who the New York Times describes as "enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving” — introduces group labor and collective struggle into the diaglogue as he continues to explore the layered themes of interconnectedness within “Twice the First Time” (stories of Millie-Christine). The considerations grew out of imagining the ways Jacob McKoy’s relationship to labor changed as his children (including Millie-Christine) and the nation grew. From survival to provision, from profit to memorial; the demands, goals and motivation for why and how we work evolve within and across generations.

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Together, this trio will craft an intrepid soundscape from their own lived experiences of resilience and resistance in the face of intergenerational vulnerability.


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