Jason Moran

Pianist Jason Moran grew up listening to hip-hop. One day, he heard Thelonious Monk’s “’Round Midnight,” and a jazz lover/artist was born. He’s an acclaimed pianist and composer, his work most recently being heard on the soundtrack of the new civil rights flick Selma. Moran hails from Houston’s Third Ward and is bringing his talents back home by way of Homecoming, a partnership with the University of Houston’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. When Da Camera of Houston commissioned him to create Holed Up, a multimedia tribute to artist Robert Rauschenberg, Moran, a longtime admirer of the artist, was ecstatic to accept. “I have aimed to unfold the traditional jazz concert in a way that I have experienced works by Rauschenberg,” Moran says. “The feeling of being overwhelmed by all of his media, texture and color considerations. But by the same token, having the feeling of bliss as I examine a shard of newspaper or the fold of his cardboard. The stage and lighting design aim to represent a few spaces I understand well: the schoolhouse stage, my grandmother’s kitchen in Third Ward and the small clubs all around this city.”

The world premiere of Holed Up features the music of Moran’s trio, The Bandwagon, plus vocalist Horace Grigsby and guitarist Marvin Sewell.

8 p.m. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713‑524‑7601 or visit dacamera.com. $37.50 to $67.50.
Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., 2015

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