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Published on Apr 4, 2014
Jamal Cyrus's Texas Fried Tenor is part of Learning to Work the Saxophone, a series whose title is borrowed from the refrain of the Steely Dan song "Deacon Blues." In Texas Fried Tenor, Cyrus explores the idea of the instrument as a tool of transcendence and personal expression and its importance in American music, particularly the musical legacy of Texas saxophonists. During the performance, Cyrus fries a saxophone while reciting a poem based on the Texas tenor saxophone tradition.
A part of Three Duets, Seven Variations, a special series for the Performa 13 biennial, pairing six intergenerational artists for seven programs. This program is organized by Adrienne Edwards, Performa, and Thomas J. Lax, The Studio Museum in Harlem. Co-organized by the Grey Art Gallery, NYU; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Performa.
Performed November 16, 2013 on The High Line, New York Videographer: Charles Dennis, Performa Editor: Noah Krell