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Published on Jan 10, 2017
Scott Clark, a jazz musician, sees history not merely as a linear series of events, but as an unfolding story. In this talk, Scott shows how he draws upon his passions for music and painting to add to the narrative of the experience of Native Americans in the United States, challenging us to not forget that the past is still present in so many of our lives and yet to remember the beauty that exists within Native culture today.
Scott Clark is a time-keeper, pattern-maker, dance leader, historian, organizer and disruptor. From college stadium drum lines, to the quietest listening rooms, and all the avant-garde dive bars and crowded rock clubs in between, he takes his own spirited and idiosyncratic path. Born in El Paso, Texas, Clark currently keeps the faith in Richmond, Virginia, in a slew of groups, duos, and solo performances around that remarkable, close-knit musical town. His voice rises clear and distinct, an intuitive and visionary presence, perfectly calm and perfectly wild. The ScottClark4tet debut on Clean Feed Records, Bury My Heart, is a significant compositional achievement, a heartfelt suite of protest music addressing one of the darkest periods of America’s history filtered through study of his own native ancestry.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx