Tiona Nekkia McClodden

Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic, Movement III – The Triple Deities is the second movement following Movement I – The Visions in Tiona Nekkia McClodden’s four-part series. The Triple Deities is a multimedia performance that merges art song, exhibition, film, and sculpture to examine black female identity within the context of American society. The Triple Deities draws from the Langston Hughes poem “Song to The Dark Virgin,” which in 1941 became an art song composed by Florence B. Price—the first African-American woman to have a composition performed by a major American symphony orchestra. The work considers how African-American classical musicians historically used the art song form as a critical tool. The artist will collaborate with nationally presented composer and pianist Courtney Bryan, who will create and perform a score that includes Price’s original composition, as well as a range of traditional African-American musical genres and styles.