"The Grey Land" is a monoopera, which through the lens of one Black mother's experiences navigating American society with her son, explores universal themes of humanity and identity through the intractable triumvirate of race, class, and power. The Grey Land ruminates and comments more specifically on the larger longstanding systemic societal, economic, and cultural issues the recent spate of police shootings and protests have brought to the wider public consciousness.
Music/concept: Joseph C Phillips Jr
Orchestral Ensemble: Numinous
Conductor: Joseph C Phillips Jr
Words: Joseph C Phillips Jr, Isaac Butler, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Baldwin, Sonia Sotomayor, Mothers of the Movement
Soprano soloist: Arielle Bonnett
Video/Film: Malik Isasis and Xuan Zhang
Choreography: Edisa Weeks
Electronics: Michael Hammond
"The Grey Land" is made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation and, in addition, is also supported by New Music USA.