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The Sweet Sounds of Research

Days after debuting an original work about the Baltimore uprising, Peabody alumnus Jarrett Gilgore will perform another composition supported by his Provost's Undergraduate Research Award
Posted April 21, 2016

A Peabody Conservatory alumnus who recently performed an original composition about last year's Baltimore uprising will soon debut another work — this one a product of his research funded by a Provost's Undergraduate Research Award — on campus next week.

Jarrett Gilgore, a 2015 graduate of Peabody's jazz program, will appear during the PURA Poster Session and Recognition Ceremony on April 26 in Levering Hall's Glass Pavilion. The PURA grants, funded by the Hodson Trust, engage students in research activities, hone their investigative skills, and enhance their learning experiences under the guidance of faculty sponsors. Gilgore will perform the product of his research, "Heritage: An Exploration of the Music and Life of Jimmy Lyons," a noted alto saxophonist in the 1960s and 1970s.

Gilgore recently warmed up the crowd at the April 13th session of the Redlining Baltimore series, sponsored by Johns Hopkins' 21st Century Cities Initiative. Leaders of the initiative commissioned Gilgore to create the work, a response to the 2015 post-Freddie Gray uprising, to complement the evening's discussion, which focused on the relationship between Baltimore's current public health issues and the city's past discriminatory redlining policies.

"I live in Pen Lucy on Greenmount Avenue, and that's a perfect example of a redlined neighborhood," Gilgore told Brett McCabe of The Hub. "You have the Guilford mansions and then dead-end streets that don't connect to them. And just by living there I am being a participator in this gentrification process. So I thought that should be explored, and I decided to enlist the help of my friend, Eze."

Eze Jackson, a Baltimore-based MC, joined Gilgore to perform "A Baltimore Requiem" a saxophone and electronic music duet featuring Jackson's lyrics, in front of the sold-out crowd at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture.

Read more about Gilgore and his research in McCabe's full article below.