The work of jazz composer, activist, and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Felipe Salles is defined by his immigrant identity — he emigrated from Brazil to the US in 1995 — and is driven by a commitment to combat racist efforts to dehumanize immigrants, fueled by ignorance and fear, by harnessing the power of the arts.
Originally performed at National Sawdust in spring 2019, The New Immigrant Experience includes a documentary drawn from Salles' interviews with DREAMers, captured by filmmaker Fernanda Faya, accompanied by original music by Salles which uses their speech cadences, and key words from these compelling and moving conversations, as its primary source material. It’s an emotional audiovisual journey that combines the power of a live big band show and the dramatic landscape of a film soundtrack.
The New Immigrant Experience at National Sawdust is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council.
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