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Contemporary African American Composers,
Diverse Voices, New Music

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From 2016 Photo Essay:History Interactions, by Bill Doggett, photographer
What have Black Composers said about Bill Doggett

Anthony Davis- "Bill Doggett is a tireless champion for African American composers. His persistence and insight have opened doors for all of us and he continues to challenge the bias and prejudice so prevalent in today's America." {Composer of X, Amistad}

Adolphus Hailstork- re: Black Composers- Shout For Joy showcase " Hopefully Shout makes a contribution. But what you are doing sets the standard."

Richard Thompson-"Bill Doggett is extremely knowledgeable about classical music and understands strategy and marketing like no one I've met before"
 
Shawn Okpebholo- “One of the most rewarding aspects of being a composer is having noted artists in the field champion my music. Bill Doggett—a creative whose life’s work is committed to the preservation and promotion of music by American-American composers—does just that. He has creatively used some of my re-imaginations of Negro spirituals in his lectures, a film, and on his website, providing some extra exposure of my art.”

Roy Jennings-"Although my association with Bill Doggett is relatively recent, it has had productive and long range consequences."

Willie Ellebie-  Music Theory student of composer Adolphus Hailstork  re: Richard Thompson's Art Song "Dawn" performed by Leberta Loral-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiypfPSe17k&feature=youtu.be
"Excellent music and beautiful voice. I need to find out more about the singer and composer.  Thanks for pointing me in the right direction to discover and enjoy the rich musical treasures of black classical composers.
Congratulations, you are doing a great work on the behalf of black classical musicians."

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Bill Doggett  is specialist and consultant in curating and programming  content
Contact him to assist your Diversity Inclusion Project management





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Contemporary African American composers are diverse in their respective accomplishments and collectively represent a brilliant mosaic of exceptional music.
 
Their compositions are rooted in and influenced by a great history of mid 20th Century African American composers who preceded them: William Grant Still, William Dawson, Ulysses Kay, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore among others.
 
Jazz and African poly rhythmic influences showcased in the short and extended symphonic works of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk are also part of the critical  fabric of inspiration.
 
These diverse and rich influences brought to the table of American Music Schools with a pedadogical and compositional focus on post War late Neo Classicism and  Twelve Tone worlds of Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Elliott Carter and Pierre Boulez*  informed the formal sources of compositional influence of  many contemporary African American composers. * Agon, Requiem Canticles, Variations for Orchestra  and Le Marteau sans Maitre.
 
This page is dedicated to showcase a sample of exceptional African American composers of the late 20th Century and present day. 
The music is diversely rich and speaks with incredible poignance.

The repertoire which I have meticulously chosen and programed is done with intention of showcasing programming and commission opportunities for conductors, Artistic Administrators of Symphony Orchestras, Opera Houses and Festivals. 

This page showcases outstanding New music that adds value to Creative Place Making -a concept in The Performing Arts  of value added communal spaces of belonging such as at Concert Halls where multi tiered shared experiences and pride in those experiences take root and blossom akin to a Community Garden  in which all are welcomed to participate, help grow, sustain and to share in the harvest. 

Creative Placing Making....why is it important to the future of The Performing Arts?  

What does a commitment to diversity in the music performed, the guest artists featured  have to do with the events in Baltimore, Ferguson, New York , Charleston and Chicago?  
Why does diversity even matter in The Classical Performing Arts?

 After all, let's be real, there are no Black or Hispanic people active in Classical Music....   I have never seen a Black or Hispanic Guest Soloist in a Symphony Concert and certainly not a Black Conductor.....   I mean ..... Blacks and Hispanics are only into  Gangster Rap and Hip Hop....  right?   

Who ever heard of a Black Composer anyway .  After all, Composers of Classical Music are only White men....  Blacks really have nothing to offer outside of that troubled ex slave named Joe who sings Old Man River in Showboat or as the dysfunctional drug addicted people of Catfish Row from Porgy and Bess........ just like those rioters on CNN in Baltimore, Milwaukee, Ferguson,Chicago....and Los Angeles 25 years ago
1992 Los Angeles Rodney King LAPD  Iconic video
I am honored to have represented  world renowned composer, Anthony Davis , recipient of  
The 2020 Pulitzer Prize 
in Music 2013 and Summer  2019, 
Adolphus Hailstork,  2019-2021 
often regarded as "The Dean of African American Composers", 
Richard Thompson  2012-19 and  Roy Jennings  during 2015 


For a discussion of the controversies and obstacles of 
"Composing while Black "
for African American Composers  visit:




Featured are  works by Adolphus Hailstork, Alvin Singleton, Olly Wilson, Anthony Davis,  Bill Banfield, Billy Childs, Tania Leon, Trevor Weston and Kevin Scott
 
The Art Songs of  Richard Thompson, H Leslie Adams and Alicia Hall Moran

Iconic Spirituals adapted by Shawn Okpebholo 

Chamber Music by Dorothy Rudd Moore, Anthony Green

Choral Music by Adolphus Hailstork,  Joel Thompson, James Newton 

Opera: The political operas of Anthony Davis, X, The Life and Times of  Malcolm X and Amistad, The Slave Ship Opera


Joel Thompson's prize winning  
The Seven Last Words of The Unarmed


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"The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" | SphinxConnect 2017
The SSO and featured guest University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, lead by conductor Eugene Rogers, will premiere a newly commissioned fully orchestrated version of “The Seven Last Words of the Unarme...










In Memoriam

Banner image: Courtesy @Chicago Sinfonietta

The Drum Major For African Americans in The Classical Performing Arts:The Late Conductor and Champion of Contemporary Black Composers' Music, PAUL FREEMAN.   












Founder of The Chicago Sinfonietta, Paul Freeman was one of the most influential musicians of color in the past 40 years to advocate for and make possible important new opportunities  for musicians and composers of color .   
 
Paul Freeman ushered in an awareness and provided a critical agency for the place of African Americans in the world of Contemporary American Classical Music.

The 1970s  Black Composers' Series on Columbia Records which showcased 400 years of the music of composers of The African Diaspora is one of  Paul Freeman's  important legacies.
   
 Rest In Peace, Drum Major Paul Freeman....  transitioned this week July 2015

Announcement for December 1st, 2018


Sony Classical  has announced they are finally releasing for the first time and remastered on CD their acclaimed Black Composers Series from the 1970's. The set provided the opportunity for many listeners to hear for the first time music written by such great black composers as Jose Mauricio Nunes-Garcia, Jose White, David Baker and George Theophilus Walker and the greatness and lasting legacy of the music, many works of which are conducted by Paul Freeman.

The 9 disc CD set is available for pre-order on Amazon.

Composers in the set include

Olly Woodrow Wilson 
Chevalier de Saint-Georges 
Thomas Jefferson Anderson 
William Grant Still 
Talib Rasul Hakim
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 
Adolphus Hailstork 
Ulysses Simpson Kay 
Hale Smith 
George Theophilus Walker 
Roque Cordero 
Jose Mauricio Nunes-Garcia 
Jose White 
David Baker 

The original 1970s Lp issue on Columbia Records





















































In Memoriam, George Walker

Dean of African American Composers

June 27, 1922- August 23, 2018 

A Personal Rememberance


George Walker October 2013 at Inaugural Colours of Music Festival,Photo:Bill Doggett Left to Right: Robert Laws,soprano, Daniel Washington, Bass Baritone, Lee Pringle Festival Founder and George Walker
It is with sadness that I share the News of the passing of our friend, George Walker, the Dean of African American Composers on Thursday, August 23rd at his home in Montclair, New Jersey at age 96.


George and I met in October 2013 at the inaugural Festival of The Colours of Music in Charleston North Carolina.
Since then we became friends and corresponded regarding opportunities for his music to be performed by The Los Angeles Philharmonic and other leading orchestras.   

For his 95th birthday on June 22nd, 2017, I gifted him a Town Hall program from 1946 that had a large display ad announcing his Premiere recital as a Classical pianist.  I will never forget his astonishment at my gift {image below]

Rest in Peace, beloved Dean of African American Composers

In Fond Rememberance, Bill Doggett



Legacy......
From The Bill Doggett Race, Early Sound Performing Arts Archive




Black Composers Music
Premiere recordings 1915-28



























Historic Tributes to Blackness in Recorded Sound

 The Bill Doggett Race and Early Sound
Performing Arts/Politics Archive





the rare WW2 Paper sleeve edition     


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Bill Doggett is an African American Race and Early Sound specialist with an Early Sound Archive dedicated expressly to ideas of Race and the African American presence in early recorded sound.{1900-194...







A Celebration of William Grant Still

February 15-17, 2019

A World Premiere Commission by
The LA Philharmonic for its Centennial Season
Still Holding On by Adolphus Hailstork


All Photographs by Bill Doggett@2019 Bill Doggett Productions
Guest Pianist, Aaron Diehl, Conductor, Thomas Wilkins, LA Mayor's Office and Composer, Adolphus Hailstork



Marketing and Publicity 
The World Premiere Release
Marketing the pre release and release of
The Mask in The Mirror
by Richard Thompson

To purchase The Mask in The Mirror, click on link below

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Ive Been in The Storm So Long Barbara Hendricks, soprano
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EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION:The Journey to Freedom 

1619-2019
August 2019 is the 400th Anniversary 
of the arrival of the first slave ship of Africans to America






THE CHALLENGE OF RACE AND BLACKNESS 
IN CLASSICAL MUSIC
 
A Project of Sphinx Music Corporation

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The Orchestra as a Predominately White Institution | SphinxConnect 2017
The session will provide inspiration, advice, and information on orchestral life, diversity, and more. Alex Laing, Principal Clarinet, The Phoenix Symphony, John Madison, Principal Violist, Michigan O...














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