CRITIC IN RESIDENCE: Giovanni Russonello

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As post-disaster capital has flooded into New Orleans in the dozen-plus years since Katrina, the identity of the city — and the stability of its communities — has been deeply altered. Musicians have always been some of the greatest architects of community solidarity in New Orleans, as in cultures across the world (especially African diasporic ones). What role is music playing in the resistance to displacement in New Orleans, and what roles ought it be playing? How can New Orleans' rich musical history resist being co-opted by the forces of displacement and gentrification, while helping to support more sustainable, equitable growth across the city? Panelists will include producer and rapper Chase N Cashe and Breonne DeDecker of the Jane's Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative.

Every day during Six of Saturns, April 25 - May 5, Russonello will be conducting live interviews, panels, and presentations in Three Keys from 11am - 12pm. 

Our inaugural critic in 2019 is Giovanni Russonello, who covers jazz and improvised music for the New York Times, and runs the D.C.-based jazz advocacy group CapitalBop.

He previously covered the 2016 election as a member of the Times’ news surveys team.

His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR Music, JazzTimes, The FADER, DownBeat and the Investigative Reporting Workshop, among others. For more than two years he hosted “On the Margin,” a weekly books show on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history.


Details

  • 11AM–Friday, April 26
  • Free with RSVP

As post-disaster capital has flooded into New Orleans in the dozen-plus years since Katrina, the identity of the city — and the stability of its communities — has been deeply altered. Musicians have always been some of the greatest architects of community solidarity in New Orleans, as in cultures across the world (especially African diasporic ones). What role is music playing in the resistance to displacement in New Orleans, and what roles ought it be playing? How can New Orleans' rich musical history resist being co-opted by the forces of displacement and gentrification, while helping to support more sustainable, equitable growth across the city? Panelists will include producer and rapper Chase N Cashe and Breonne DeDecker of the Jane's Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative.

Every day during Six of Saturns, April 25 - May 5, Russonello will be conducting live interviews, panels, and presentations in Three Keys from 11am - 12pm. 

Our inaugural critic in 2019 is Giovanni Russonello, who covers jazz and improvised music for the New York Times, and runs the D.C.-based jazz advocacy group CapitalBop.

He previously covered the 2016 election as a member of the Times’ news surveys team.

His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, NPR Music, JazzTimes, The FADER, DownBeat and the Investigative Reporting Workshop, among others. For more than two years he hosted “On the Margin,” a weekly books show on WPFW-FM in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history.

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