music: carl dupont

The Reaction

 

“My challenge became to find songs that celebrated blackness and the black experience in order to make sure the next generation of students and teachers who searched for art songs by black composers found resources that were easily accessible, practical, and appropriate….To answer this challenge I have integrated all of my recitals with selections from the ever-growing body of art songs by black composers, along with works by European composers, in order to demonstrate their suitability to share the stage together.” —Carl DuPont, assistant professor of voice at UNC Charlotte


 

Dr. Carl DuPont sings “The Reaction,” by Matthew Evan Taylor. DuPont met Taylor, a composer and saxophonist, while both were doctoral students at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.

Taylor composed “The Reaction” following the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The text, he writes, is the imagined “collective screaming of the losing side.”

“The Reaction” will appear on DuPont’s new CD of songs by black composers, which Albany Records will release in fall of 2018.

 Carl DuPont, Assistant Professor of Voice, Department of Music, UNC Charlotte; Photo by Christopher Record

Carl DuPont, Assistant Professor of Voice, Department of Music, UNC Charlotte; Photo by Christopher Record