June 3, 2023 – Les Angles Mortes presents Tom-Tom: An Epic of Music and the Negro

Venue: La Sala Rossa (4848 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, Quebec H2T 1R5) Date: June 3, 2023 Doors: 20h30 Screening/Music:  21:00

Tickets $17.85 (all taxes and fees included) in advance / $20 at the door 
Advance Tickets: https://lepointdevente.com/billets/czz230603001

Co-presented with the Suoni Per Il Popolo

In 1932 Shirley Graham Du Bois composed the opera Tom-Tom: An Epic of Music and the Negro. Perhaps the first opera ever written by a Black women, it premiered to wide acclaim, before fading into history, the score missing until rediscovered in 2001 in the archives at Harvard University as part of W. E. B. Dubois’ papers, the husband of Shirley. This monumental and important work, moving from Africa to a slave plantation to Harlem in the 1920’s is now ready to take its proper place as both an important piece of music, and a touchstone in the history of Black American creativity.

Under the artistic direction of Julie Richard, Arts in the Margins has supported the production, in video form, of a new and reimagined staging of Tom-Tom, bringing it into dialogue with contemporary aspect of the Black experience, and revealing its distinctive artistic qualities. Featuring a choir, dancers, musicians and lead singers, this video production will attract wide attention and should be of interest to a broad spectrum of audiences.

DJ set by DJ ANDY EX (Andy Moor from The Ex) to follow the screening.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts