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Acclaimed composer Ralph Farris to hold virtual conference in October

Posted at 3:30 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 18:30:04-04

Acclaimed composer, performer, and producer, Ralph Farris, is presenting virtual conference to discuss the current state of creative collaboration as part of his Artist-in-Residency with The Rogers Art Loft on Oct. 9 between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT.

Originally conceived as an on-the-ground, and in-person conference to be held during his scheduled residency, Farris has reimagined the experience dubbed Co-Lab to virtually explore what it means to collaborate today, under quarantine, during strife, despite uncertainty, and in the future.

Farris will lead a series of Zoom sessions designed to explore how artists of all disciplines can continue to collaborate despite the turmoil we all currently face.

Farris will be joined through the day by local, national, and international panelists Jarrett Parker (illusionist, writer and producer) and Raja Rahman (pianist, producer and educator); Dr. Ching-chu Hu (composer and educator); Heidi Rider (visual and performing artist); Kishema Malik (dancer, teacher and choreographer); Jerry Metellus (photographer and director); Layale Chaker (composer and violinist); Tracy MacDonald (producer, writer, and director); Nissa D. Tzun (multimedia artist and activist); Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (composer and pianist); Molly McBride (producer, director and designer); Ginger Bruner (producer, performer and photographer); Demecina Beehn (cultural producer and arts administrator) and Karen Krolak (choreographer, writer and designer).

Each of the four sessions will be a lively discussion of methodologies and histories of successful (and not-so-successful) collaborations, with panelists offering insights into best practices for working together in these unprecedented times.

In the windows between each session, participants can join breakout rooms to continue discussions and network.

The public is invited to join Farris and his guests to connect and explore with fellow creatives.

Those interested in the free event can RSVP here.