Soul Science Lab artists to talk empowerment with free virtual film, Q&A Oct. 4
The hip-hop educators and self-described “Afro-futuristic griots” of Soul Science Lab will offer a virtual behind-the-scenes look at their recent empowering musical project.
The online program, presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. It will feature a screening of Soul Science Lab’s film documentary “Creating Make a Joyful Noize,” followed by a real-time question-and-answer session with the duo and film’s creators, Chen Lo and Asante Amin.
“Creating Make a Joyful Noize” is a short film that blends music, spoken-word interviews and dance to capture the visceral, contagious and unapologetic energy of Black joy. It follows the “Make a Joyful Noize” audio-visual project, a multimedia exploration of the power of self-love and the transformative potential of affirming experiences.
In the film, the Soul Science Lab artists travel to Brooklyn; New Orleans; and Accra, Ghana, to present the majesty of Black joy as a healing force for transformation. In the film, Lo (a 2002 Penn State graduate) and Amin lead a journey of spirit, pain, resistance and self-discovery in an all-access look into the creation of their “visual album.”
Brooklyn-based Soul Science Lab uses music, culture and technology to present arts education and empowerment workshops. Collectively, the two have shared stages with artists including Common, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Rhiannon Giddens and GZA.
Carnegie Hall commissioned the film as part of its 125 Commission Project.
Soul Science Lab is scheduled to perform “Make a Joyful Noize” in concert Thursday, March 23, at Eisenhower Auditorium.
Watch a preview of “Make a Joyful Noize.”