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Artist’s Choice: Cooper-Moore

April 20, 2013

Cooper-Moore explains the structures of Western and African music to families, April 2013. Photograph by Jamie Rosenfeld

Composer, performer, story teller, and instrument builder Cooper-Moore joined families to explore the exhibition Blues for Smoke. Born and raised in Virginia, Cooper-Moore moved to New York City in 1966 and became a part of the 1970s jazz scene. Families had the unique opportunity to view the exhibition from the perspective of a musician as Cooper-Moore led them through the galleries, making connections to works on view through song and personal anecdote. In the studio he demonstrated the convergence of European and African beats in blues and jazz music before teaching families to build and play their own musical instruments.