Pierce Freelon by CreativeMornings Raleigh
Photos by Miller Taylor. June 2015 CreativeMornings/Raleigh event (global theme: Revolution) with guest speaker Pierce Freelon. Pierce Freelon is a musician, professor, and activist with a passion for creativity and community. He has taught courses on music, black studies, and political science at UNC Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. Front man of the genre-bending band The Beast, he has been hailed as a “natural, engaging blend of jazz and hip hop,” by Jazz Times Magazine. An international ambassador of art + activism, Freelon co-created a community music studio and PBS web-series called Beat Making Lab, which donated equipment and trained youth across the continent of Africa, the Caribbean, and South Pacific. Freelon’s pioneering hip hop curriculum and fundraising led to the creation of Next Level—a one million dollar collaboration between UNC’s music department and the US department of State; fostering cultural exchange and conflict resolution through hip hop. Freelon is a former program coordinator of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he brought Bebop to Hip Hop to youth, from South Central Los Angeles, to New Delhi. Special thanks to our host CAM Raleigh and sponsors CompostNow, Myriad Media, Counter Culture Coffee, who generously provided us with complimentary coffee, and Yellow Dog Bread Company, who provided the tasty breakfast snacks.