Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty Music IAC Commissions

IAC Commissions: Tamar Korn and Dennis Lichtman

“Walking into the Unknown," premiering April 25 as part of Carnegie Hall's Voices of Hope festival



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Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty

Our second program to premiere as part of Carnegie Hall's Voices of Hope festival features vocalist Tamar Korn and jazz, swing, and bluegrass musician Dennis Lichtman performing: "Walking into the Unknown," a new, co-written piece by the artists tracing the existential lines of the times; "There'll Be Some Changes Made," a 1923 Harlem Renaissance classic by Higgins and Overstreet; and an oration-as-interlude from the Michael Ventura essay "Predictions: The Next 200 Years."

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has curated a Black Liberation Reading List, featuring 95 works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with a focus on Black authors, including a number of writers from the Harlem Renaissance, of which Higgins and Overstreet were a part. Many of these titles are available digitally on SimplyE, NYPL’s free e-reader app.

Premiered April 25, 2021, as part of Carnegie Hall's Voices of Hope festival. 

Conversation + music available on Irish Arts Center's Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts, and YouTube channels.

To listen to just the music, click here.


"Walking into the Unknown" (2021, by Tamar Korn & Dennis Lichtman)
"There'll Be Some Changes Made" (1921, by Benton Overstreet & Billy Higgins) 

Tamar Korn: vocals
Dan Levinson: clarinet
Dennis Lichtman: resophonic tenor guitar and 2nd clarinet 

Oration excerpted from “Predictions: The Next 200 Years” by Michael Ventura 

Produced by Tamar Korn and Dennis Lichtman 

Presented as part of Carnegie Hall's Voices of Hope Festival 2021 

Executive producer, podcast: Dean Cappello 
Producer, podcast: Paul Chuffo 

Music for podcast from "Inagh Valley / Rockin’ the Boat" by Máirtín O'Connor, Cathal Hayden, and Patrick Doocey

Commissioned by Irish Arts Center as part of Grásta: Grace in Uncertainty, 2020-2021.

Irish Arts Center's Grásta commissions series challenged twenty-six artists, reflecting a range of perspectives and disciplines, to create work in response to the idea of finding grace in uncertainty. Click here to learn more.

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