Public Programs & Outreach

By The People: Jason Moran

Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 8:00pm

Join us June 21-24 for By The People, an arts and dialogue festival featuring performances, original art installations, important conversations and an augmented reality art hunt – all supporting the founding principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Cathedral is one of five hubs for the festival, along with Union Market, THEARC West, the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building and the The Parks at Walter Reed, with a unique experience planned out at each location. 

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Renowned composer and jazz pianist Jason Moran will perform a response to Nick Cave's dramatic installation at the Washington National Cathedral. Cave's piece, a newly commissioned video installation on faith, love, and loss, will be projected beneath the Cathedral's rose window. An experienced collaborator for theatrical installations, Moran is known for pulling elements of post-bop and avant-garde jazz, blues, classical music, stride piano, and hip hop into his compositions. But what his response to Cave's work will consist of remains to be seen in this one-night-only performance. 

Pianist, composer and educator, Jason Moran has produced ten albums and six film soundtracks, including scores for Ava DuVernay’s Selma and 13th.  In 2007, Moran was commissioned to create IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall, 1959.  Recent releases include The Armory Concert (2016), Thanksgiving at the Vanguard (2017), BANGS (2017) MASS (Howl,;eon) under his own label Yes Records. In 2010 Moran was awarded a MacArthur fellowship and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center.