A Concerto Is a Conversation

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Horace Bowers, Courtesy of the New York Times

For those of you who may watch the Academy Awards (Oscars) on April 25th just a heads up:

This short film is nominated for Best Documentary (Short Subject)  for the 93rd Academy Awards!!!!

Kris Bowers is one of Hollywood’s rising young composers. At 29, he scored the Oscar-winning film “Green Book” (2018), and in early 2020, he premiered a new violin concerto, “For a Younger Self,” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. For all that success, though, he says that as a Black composer, “I’ve been wondering whether or not I’m supposed to be in the spaces that I’m in.” In Ben Proudfoot and Kris Bowers’s “A Concerto Is a Conversation,” Bowers traces the process of breaking into new spaces through generations of sacrifice that came before him, focusing on the story of his grandfather Horace Bowers. As a young man, he left his home in the Jim Crow South, eventually ending up in Los Angeles. Encountering discrimination at every turn, he and his wife, Alice, nevertheless made a life as business owners. Today, their legacy lives on through their family and community in South Los Angeles, where a stretch of Central Avenue was recently designated Bowers Retail Square — in case any question remained about whether it’s a place they belong. Read more: https://nyti.ms/3fvjWXM

This video is one of the best stories that highlights the mission of Keeping it 100 LA: Creating a legacy of family for the African American Community to carry on a tradition of excellence!

Picture and Video Courtesy of the New York Times and YouTube

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