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Jason Moran How Art is Born Podcast

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Today, internationally-renowned jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran is a MacArthur genius, Artistic Director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center, and his visual art is currently on view at MCA Denver. Rewind forty years and Jason was a six-year-old growing up in Houston and begrudgingly beginning to take piano lessons. His attitude toward the piano changed its tune when he was thirteen and heard Thelonius Monk play for the first time, inspired by his game-changing melding of jazz and hip hop. Jason went on to attend New York’s Manhattan School of Music where his unconventional style and unwavering self-confidence challenged his teachers and bandmates, but today makes him a one-of-a-kind artist. In the final episode of How Art is Born season 1, Jason sits down with host R. Alan Brooks to discuss the history of Black music, parenthood as an artist, finding a tribe that appreciates what you want to bring to the table, and so much more.

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Watch Jason Moran's Artist Talk with Miranda Lash, Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, where they talk about capturing the residue of music making, the history of jazz in Denver, and the origins of his exhibition.

MacArthur "Genius" Grant winner and internationally-renowned jazz musician Jason Moran welcomed his installation STAGED: Three Deuces to its new home.

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Once a month for the run of Jason Moran's exhibition, his installation STAGED: Three Deuces is activated by performances by local musicians.

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For this program, Deborah Roberts is joined by Nora Burnett Abrams, MCA Denver’s Mark G. Falcone Director, for a conversation discussing the evolution of Roberts’s practice and her journey as an artist.

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In episode one, Origin Stories, participants learn how and why the blockchain was invented in the first place, how it emerged from a knowledge story not a money story, and how we can view blockchain as a still evolving art project unto itself.

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Hear Miranda Lash, MCA Denver's Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, discuss the video titled Chess by Lorna Simpson and exhibiting artist Jason Moran in this week’s Art in a Flash with Miranda Lash. 

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