View Program: GOT MY WINGS PROGRAM
This event begins with a talk by Daniel Blake and special guests to learn more about Jarvis Jay Masters’ story, the prison reform movement, and prison advocacy happening around Westchester, with a focus on how creative art, education, and spiritual mentorship can make a pivotal difference in the lives of incarcerated people. “Where do we find our freedom?” This question is a wake-up call posed by Jarvis Jay Masters, a Buddhist practitioner who has been incarcerated and on death row in San Quentin, CA for over four decades for a crime he did not commit (read more at www.freejarvis.org). As part of Bethany Arts Community’s 2022 “Season of Justice”, Got My Wings is a new triptych by composer and saxophonist Dan Blake in collaboration with ballet choreographer Todd Hall. In bringing together distinct movement traditions and a diverse range of musical styles, Got My Wings reimagines Masters’ question through the metaphor of flight. The work will include immersive soundscapes performed live by the composer, and will also feature performances by members of the Westchester Ballet Company. This project is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.
The pre-show talk begins with the voice of Jarvis Jay Masters, the inspiration for Got My Wings who through a conversation recorded especially for this performance will share some hard-won insights from decades spent at San Quentin Correctional Facility, as well as a little about the campaign to win his exoneration. Jarvis Jay Masters demonstrates how creative art, education, and spiritual mentorship can make a pivotal difference in the lives of incarcerated people. Got My Wings is dedicated to his spiritual fortitude, and commitment to helping others to find freedom wherever it can be found.
Got My Wings Promo Video: https://youtu.be/XrX-M6DC-1o
Jarvis Jay Masters interview: https://soundcloud.com/danblake/jarvis-jay-masters-interviewed-by-daniel-blake
Theme: 2022 Season of Justice