Critical Works

August 1, 2008

Art + Music + Politics: Anderson takes the stage.

 

Photo courtesy of Laurie Anderson

Duke Performances will present several concerts this fall based on the themes of political disaffection and the need to speak up. Among the scheduled performers are Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra and performance artist Laurie Anderson.

Anderson, whose shows combine song, spoken word, and sound effects, will perform on September 18, in Page Auditorium, as part of her "Homeland" tour. In her live performances, as well as on an accompanying album, she deals with the kinds of cultural and political themes that have characterized her work for more than three decades. She muses on topics such as American politics, the Iraq war, and domestic spying, as well as consumerism and romantic relationships.

The following week, on September 26, Haden's orchestra will stop at Duke on its "Not In Our Name" tour. The tour reunites Haden, an accomplished musician, music educator, and activist, with orchestra co-founder Carla Bley. Not In Our Name, the album, features songs that Haden has arranged to give voice to the disaffection he says many people in America and abroad feel about the state of American policy, foreign and domestic. On one track, elements of the African-American anthem "Lift Every Voice and Sing" are woven into "America the Beautiful."