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Thursday January 12, 2017

From YoungArts

MEET THE BACKYARD BALL HONOREES: JASON MORAN AND JESSICA LANG

On Saturday, January 14, 2017, YoungArts will host its largest annual fundraiser, the Backyard Ball performance and gala, as the culmination of National YoungArts Week, from January 8 – 15.

The celebratory evening will welcome prominent artists and alumni, community leaders, philanthropists and celebrities to the YoungArts Campus to applaud the 2017 YoungArts Winners—693 of the nation’s most promising young artists in the literary, visual, design and performing arts.

The event will honor jazz pianist Jason Moran (1993 Winner in Jazz) as this year’s Arison Alumni Award recipient, and choreographer Jessica Lang as the Arison Honoree for their vital contributions and commitment to the arts.

Jason Moran, known as a “provocative thinker in current jazz,” according to Rolling Stone Magazine, has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator.

A musician of diverse cultural interests, Moran is a connoisseur of modern furniture design who now exclusively performs in a chair specially built for him by the Danish designer Susanne Forsgreen. He is also a devotee of the painter Jean Michel Basquiat whose work continues to fuel his “Gangsterism…” series of compositions first heard on his debut’s instant classic “Gangsterism on Canvas.”

Moran has performed and recorded with some of the best musicians but has always pushed boundaries. His ongoing visionary collaborations in the art world have brought him additional fans and respect. Moran’s music is in the collections of both the MOMA and Whitney Museum of American Art. He scored a ballet for renowned Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, as well as scoring video works for contemporary American artists Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker, and has worked with pivotal visual and performance artists like Joan Jonas and Adrian Piper.

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