As part of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series at the Princeton Shopping Center, Aerial Photograph is an exciting and captivating band that consists of a string quartet, clarinet, tenor saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, and pre-recorded audio. Much of Aerial Photograph’s original repertoire is inspired by the cultural pluralism that is both unique and fundamental to American society. The process of composing for this group begins with communication: band leader Matt Davis focuses on a specific community and has informal conversations with its various members about subjects including identity, their past experiences, their hopes, and how they view themselves within society. These conversations are recorded and then woven into compositions which endeavor to express the feelings and emotions which are conveyed through these communications, but which also draw from the deep American musical traditions of jazz, blues and popular song. Aerial Photograph’s music has been informed by this process with communities such as senior citizens, recovering drug addicts, immigrants, children in under-served areas, religious individuals, community volunteers, homeless people, teachers, victims of violent crime, caregivers, veterans, incarcerated adults, artists and musicians. The compositions, which arise from this process, give voice to a deeper understanding of the complexities of the modern world. This music gives both audiences and students the opportunity to experience different groups of people, about whom they may have preconceived ideas, in a new and engaging way.
All are invited to attend this FREE concert at the Princeton Shopping Center Courtyard, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton.