Part historical record, part oration, part sonic escape, JJJJJerome Ellis’ latest musical project The Clearing traces the relationship between Blackness, speech disfluency, and music to reveal new ways of living outside of and resisting oppressive forces.
In this deeply meditative, intimate performance hosted by SCAD MOA’s Evans Center for African American Studies, Ellis invites audiences into The Clearing to consider and witness how Black sound transfigures sites of rupture, refusal, and retreat.
Established in 2011, the Evans Center celebrates the imaginative breadth and expressive legacy of African American art and culture.
About the artist
JJJJJerome Ellis is a blk disabled animal, stutterer, and artist. Through music, literature, and performance, he explores blkness, disabled speech, and music as forces of refusal, possibility, and healing. Born in 1989 to Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants, he grew up and lives near a heron rookery in Virginia Beach.