VW Sunday Sessions presents an afternoon celebrating the legacy of Alice Coltrane in collaboration with her son, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Alice Coltrane, also referred to as Swamini and Turiyasangitananda by her family and students, was a prolific composer, harpist, and keyboardist who dedicated the later years of her life to the Sai Anantam ashram she founded in 1983 in Agoura Hills, California. Featuring rare audio and video recordings from the extended Coltrane family’s private archive, the program, organized with Luaka Bop, will also include discussion, presentations, and performances of Coltrane’s music.
At 1 p.m., Purushottoma Hickson, a student of the Sai Anantam ashram, begins the program with a two-hour workshop including discussion, meditation, chant, and yoga geared to guests of all ages and abilities. Beginning at 3 p.m. in the VW Dome, harpist Brandee Younger presents a lecture performance on the legacy of Alice Coltrane's music and her personal and professional history with the harp, and Ravi Coltrane presents on his mother's life and work. Following these presentations, Ashley Kahn, music historian, journalist, and producer, will lead a discussion with Younger and Ravi Coltrane. The evening concludes with performances by Laraaji, and Kelsey Lu with Kyp Malone, Troy "Mobius" Simms, and Brandee Younger performing Coltrane's music live in the dome.
All guests will be required to check their phone, camera, and any recording devices upon entry. Recording of all kind is strictly prohibited.
Tickets: $15 (MoMA Members $13)
Programming throughout the building free with museum admission
MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.
Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.