CPX2020: Bronwyn Kinan and Michael Mvenso


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Saturday, November 7, 2020, 3:15 p.m.
With Bronwyn Kinan and Michael Mvenso / Collaboratory Arts UB

Kovid-19 had a sudden and profound effect on the art. The lost revenue has led to the permanent closure of arts and culture organizations, which account for about a third of the world’s population. The Brookings Institution estimates the loss of creative industry revenue at $ 150 billion and calls for more federal support for cultural workers. Since this support is not yet forthcoming, the question arises: how can we as a society address this challenge and together set a sustainable example for creative people and cultural organizations in Western New York?

Bronwyn Keanan will share some of his work to date in building a sustainable art infrastructure to support, promote and sustain the work of Buffalo artists. The Buffalo art calendar is one of the first steps in addressing this need, although when we re-imagine the creative industry together, much remains to be done.

An important partner of the Art Lab will also join the conversation. Bandleader and impresario, Michael Mvenso, will share his impressions as a new member of the Buffalo art community, as well as his thoughts on the UB curriculum, Protest, Hope and Sustainability through the Black Arts, as part of the Lab’s working artists ’lab. . The lab collaborates with the music and theater and dance departments and serves as an experimental field for UB students in the arts, faculty, the Buffalo community, and visiting artists to develop new works and collaborate in a variety of fields, thus clarifying the process of becoming a working artist. .


Bronwyn Kinan
Bronwyn Keane became director of the Art Lab in January 2019 after more than 25 years dealing with the arts. Starting his career at Christie’s auction house in New York City, he opened and managed his contemporary gallery for a decade. From 2006 to 2018, he led special events and projects at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he designed and developed specific programs and collaborations with multidisciplinary artists, leading major fundraising initiatives, including the Gala International Gala and Met. Gala.

Michael Mvenso
Michael Mvenso was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, but spent his teenage years at the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott in London, where he met musicians such as Benny Carter, Alvin Jones, Ray Brown and Billy Higgins. As a young man, Mvenso began his talents as a trombone player, singer and songwriter in jumping groups, reggae and the Afrobit horn, and in hard-hitting sessions. Mwenso’s talent as a singer attracted a lot of attention, which then led him to meet James Brown, who made room for him to sing and dance at London shows.

In 2012, jazz friend and musician Vinton brought Marsalis Mvenso to New York City to serve as a curator and programming partner at Jazz at the Lincoln Center, and ordered nightclubs at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Over the next few years, Mvenso ordered and performed with such celebrities as Cecil McLaurin Salvant, John Batiste, Aaron Deal, Sullivan Fortner and Jamison Ross.

Through these performances in Dizzy, Mvenso began various collaborations with Juliard-educated musicians, who soon became known as the Shaykhs. This unique group of world-class artists offer music that combines entertainment and art with an amazing mix of jazz and blues through African and African American music. Considering the style of Fats Waller, Moody Waters, James Brown and many other American music legends.


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