PRLog - Oct. 9, 2012 - NEW YORK -- Photographer David Katzenstein began working with the noted jazz pianist and Bronx native Valerie Capers in 1995, photographing her for her album Come On Home. Now she is coming home to the Bronx Museum in Katzenstein's photography exhibition Valerie Capers: A Portrait, a visual documentation of her musical life from 1995 to a recent live session at The Knickerbocker, the Greenwich Village club where she often performs.
Valerie & Duke, 1999
Valerie Capers was born in Bronx and received her early schooling at the New Institute for the Education of the Blind and earned both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. From 1987 to 1995, she served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and was chair of the Department of Music and Art at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she is now professor emeritus.
Among Dr. Capers' most noted extended compositions are Sing About Love, a Christmas cantata produced by George Wein at Carnegie Hall; Sojourner, an operatorio based on the life of Sojourner Truth, performed and staged by the Opera Ebony Company of New York; and Song of the Season.
For the past 30 years Katzenstein has traveled throughout the world documenting numerous cultures and capturing the moments in between. One of his long-term interests has been the integration of ritual into society in places as diverse as Egypt, India, Cuba, Senegal, Mexico and France. He currently has a traveling exhibition entitled Islam in Africa: A Pilgrimage to Touba, Senegal, that will next be mounted at Connecticut College in January 2013, and is collaborating with photographer Sherrie Nickol on a large project entitled The Citizen Project photographing to date over 2500 people in our New York City.
To view online: http://davidkatzenstein.com/#/
Concurrent with Valerie Capers: A Portrait the Bronx Museum is also presenting Bronx Portraits 2003+2012, an exhibition of Katzenstein's photographs of Bronx high school students at a turning point in their lives, then revisited nine years later.
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