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Friday, June 15 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Audio/Visual: Muse at the Museum

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In the mid 20th century, social realist painter John Thomas Biggers created The Mandolin Player, a painting depicting a musician strumming his mandolin against the backdrop of his impoverished community, highlighting the power of music to transport the human spirit. Join some of Detroit’s most prominent musicians in jazz, hip hop and electronic music as they take inspiration from this timeless piece of art to create new works of their own.

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William Banfield

composer
William (Bill) C. Banfield currently serves as Professor, Africana Studies/Music and Society at Berklee College of Music.  A native Detroit, Banfield received his Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservator of Music/Jazz Studies, a Masters in Theological Studies from Boston... Read More →
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Marcus Elliot

saxophone
Marcus Elliot is a saxophonist/composer/educator of the metro-Detroit area who is quickly gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and  fervently thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Marcus began playing professionally in the Detroit Jazz scene when he was 15 years old... Read More →
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Mahogany Jones

emcee
Recording and performance artist, educator, and activist Mahogany Jones's career is distinguished by titles. Mahogany Jones harnesses the true power of music to uplift the spirit, body, and soul and educate the masses. A sensational performer and lyrical powerhouse, Mahogany embodies... Read More →
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Thalea String Quartet

Sphinx Artist
The Thalea String Quartet is dedicated to bringing timeless music to audiences from all walks of life. From living rooms to concert stages around the world, the Thalea String Quartet aims to connect with audiences on a musical, emotional and personal level, from first time listeners... Read More →
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FIT Siegel

electronic music
FIT Siegel otherwise known simply as FIT, has quietly risen to become a pillar of the Detroit underground. Siegel studied production and DJing under the tutelage of “Mad” Mike Banks within the hallowed halls of Underground Resistance’s Submerge building. His years of hard work... Read More →
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Paul Watkins

cello
Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as concerto soloist, chamber musician and conductor. Born in 1970, he studied with William Pleeth, Melissa Phelps and Johannes Goritzki, and at the age of 20 was appointed... Read More →