Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

SoundSpace: A Portrait of Alice Coltrane

Sun, September 24, 2017 | Blanton Museum of Art, UT Austin campus

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

SoundSpace: A Portrait of Alice Coltrane

The award-wining SoundSpace series returns with a series of performancesinspired by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and her unique legacy of American jazz and Indian devotional music.

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitanda was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, singer, composer, swamini, and the wife of jazz musician and composer John Coltrane. A virtuoso on multiple instruments, Alice was drawn to various styles of music, including gospel, classical and jazz. She got her start playing in professional jazz groups in Detroit, then began to develop her own innovative style as a solo recording artist, creating complex arrangements and compositions. After meeting a guru and traveling to India in the 1970s, she became the Founder and Director of The Vedantic Center in 1975, and later established a spiritual community in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. She passed away on January 12, 2007.

Alice’s singular musical style is a synthesis of influences that include Detroit gospel, Stravinsky, bebop, traditional Hindi hymns, and classical Indian music. The September SoundSpace will explore these diverse influences and present new work directly inspired by her legacy. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, museumgoers will be able to experience a variety of performances throughout the Blanton museum.

Sponsored by: Blanton Museum of Art, Butler School of Music, South Asia Institute

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