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D.R.E.A.M. = A WAY TO AFRAM – Li(sa E.) Harris

2 Sept, 7:30 PM


Wrong Marfa’s Do Right Hall
110 W Dallas
Marfa, TX


Saturday, September 2

at Wrong Marfa’s Do Right Hall, 110 Dallas St.

Doors: 7:30pm

Join us for a special musical performance by Li(sa E.) Harris and bass player Burniss Earl Travis II on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at Wrong Marfa’s Do Right Hall (110 W Dallas). Li and Travis will perform an improvised set based on Going In, their 2016 collaboration of sonic meditations. This event is free & open to the public.

The performance is an extension of the artist’s current Ballroom exhibition, unlit: sof landin and upcoming performance lab, D.R.E.A.M. = A WAY TO AFRAM premiering at Diverseworks in Houston from September 6–9.

D.R.E.A.M = A WAY TO AFRAM is an ongoing body of work that includes performance, video and sound. Drawing from Afro-diasporic ceremonial histories, including the ways in which Black inventors create the blues, spirituals, house and trance music to transport to different dimensions, DREAM employs various technologies and applied sciences to continue the ancestral practice of creating safe places for black people to exist abundantly on this planet and beyond.

Artist Profile

Li(sa E.) Harris

Li(sa E.) Harris (b. 1981) was born in Houston, where she lives and works. She received a master’s degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 2004, and a Deep Listening® Certification from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2017. Li has performed and participated in exhibitions at Carnegie Hall (2023), Blaffer Art Museum (2022), Moody Center for the Arts (2021), and Redline Arts (2021). She is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2022), Brown Foundation Inaugural Affiliate Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (2021), and Dorothea Tanning Award for Music/Sound from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2021). She has participated in residencies, including the Hermitage Artist Retreat (2021), South Arts Jazz Road Creative Residency (2021), Ballroom Sessions–The Farther Place (2021), and A Studio in the Woods (2021). She was a guest lecturer in Harvard University’s Department of Music and a research fellow at Harvard ArtLab in 2022.

Burniss Earl Travis II

Burniss Earl Travis ll, bassist, composer and producer from Houston, Texas who began his musical career at a young age as a violinist. He was led to his true calling as a bassist after his grade school teacher selected him to play the large upright bass, because he was the tallest in his class. An alumnus of The New School (New York City, New York), he is now based in Brooklyn, New York and is one of the top call bassists for many acclaimed artists including Common, Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, Lianne La Havas, Big K.R.I.T., Stefon Harris and many more.