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Justin Randolph Thompson
Brutus Jones is a performance that addresses revolutionary stagnancy, the shift from military to circus of the marching band and the legacy of global reaching political activism. The piece pulls from the violence surrounding Paul Robeson's 1949 concert in Peekskill, NY employing an all baritone saxophone ensemble, a multi-pieced drum line and a retired battering ram. The work is an oratory and physical call to arms that seeks to broaden audio culture by delineating a historical continuum. The performance is in collaboration with composer Jason Thompson, filmmaker Bradly Dever Treadaway, the Baritone Sax Army and the Marching Cobras.