Jazz vocalist Kayla Schwartz ’19 MM takes us behind the scenes at the ICA Boston, where Jason Moran's student ensemble performed within his solo exhibit.
NEC jazz faculty Jason Moran formed the NEC Slugs Ensemble to perform within his recreation of the the celebrated New York jazz venue Slugs’ Saloon, part of his solo exhibition at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).
The exhibition highlighted Moran's mixed-media set installations based on storied jazz venues from past eras, including STAGED: Savoy Ballroom 1 and STAGED: Three Deuces (both 2015), sculptural vignettes that were his acclaimed contributions to the 2015 Venice Biennale. The presentation included the premiere of a new sculptural commission from this series that takes inspiration from the celebrated New York jazz venue Slugs’ Saloon, which was open from 1964 to the early 1970s.
"From being a teacher and educator, I see the state of the music through the eyes of an 18-year-old coming on to the scene, and we want to make sure it stays intact. With my generation, it's our duty to do that." —Jason Moran