The musicians of D-Composed are architects of creativity, honoring the legacy and brilliance of Black composers and changing the entire field of classical music on their terms. They come to The Arts Club with a concert of works spanning time and genres, ranging from classical to contemporary, from soul to jazz to pop—with pieces by Florence Price, Joseph Bologne, Tomeka Reid, Sam Cooke, and a few surprises here and there. Don’t miss this passionate, precise, and energetic ensemble lighting up the stage with a program that’s equal parts heart-rending and mind-bending.
Started in 2017 and led by their mission to uplift and empower society through the music of Black composers, this Chicago-based creative incubator acts as a bridge between the past and present to the future of representation, music-centered experiences, and the communal power of Black composers and their impact. This group of changemakers is purposeful, creating their own rules around access and reimagining safe, culturally based spaces that reflect the Black experience. As the only all-Black ensemble and the only ensemble that focuses exclusively on the works of Black composers in Chicago, D-Composed partners with institutions with a proven commitment to communities of color. They made history as the first classical music ensemble for Today at Apple on Michigan Ave and have collaborated with The Rebuild Foundation, MCA Chicago, Arts & Public Life with the University of Chicago, and many more. D-Composed has collaborated with hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper and featured on the Colbert Show alongside Jamila Woods.