The Ever Fonky Lowdown: A Conversation with Wynton Marsalis

FOLCS (The Forum on Life, Culture & Society) is excited to bring to its stage Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Managing and Artistic Director and legendary musician, Wynton Marsalis, for a Conversation on his new masterpiece, The Ever Fonky Lowdown, on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30pm ET. (RSVP here)

All registrants will have the opportunity to stream The Ever Fonky Lowdown for free! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom with a link to hear the composition through the streaming platform of your choice.

The Ever Fonky Lowdown, written and performed by Wynton Marsalis, was written in 2018 to address universal issues of human exploitation and suffering with a specific focus on how those matters have played out in America. The most recent public acts of police violence and the social inequities exposed by the Covid-19 Pandemic have spotlighted national problems and hit a global nerve as well, as evidenced by the many international protests in solidarity. In this very moment, our world is experiencing more and more social upheaval over a myriad of human rights issues.

The Ever Fonky Lowdown is entertaining—but it also brilliantly reveals an incisive, panoramic, and satirical view of modern society. A funky jazz parable for 2020, the new work covers terrain from football to politics, power to poverty, from love and romance to betrayal and corruption. It will make you dance and sing and it will make you think and reconsider.

The work ultimately asks the question, where do we go from here?

Written by Wynton Marsalis, The Ever Fonky Lowdown was premiered in 2018 by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; vocalists Camille Thurman, Ashley Pezzotti, Christie Dashiell, and Doug Wamble; and narrator Wendell Pierce.

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