When Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the city, the New Orleans music scene was especially threatened. Its musicians were scattered, and the City’s unique bond with its musicians threatened to break for good.
"Music lies at the very core of New Orleans’ culture which makes the people from the Big Easy tick to the melody of their sweet jazz. During everyday events, parades, and even funerals, music has been a prominent and recognizable element of this unique culture. From musicians Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, and, more recently, Lil Wayne, revolutionary musicians have all honed their craft in this eclectic city. The musical culture was impacted negatively at first by the physical destruction of music establishments and the washing away of musical instruments; yet with unbearable suffering comes new hope and in New Orleans’ case, the will power to regenerate and maintain their rich musical heritage rather than leaving it as a minor detail in the overall rebuilding efforts. Local and national music artists, such as Harry Connick Jr., have drawn inspiration from the tragic events that plagued the city. Utilizing their assets to raise funds, artists have aided the city in returning to a physically and musically active community. Newly established charities not only help in the reconstruction of buildings and homes but also with the replacement and compensation of damaged instruments to paid musicians, who in turn lift the spirits of those suffering by sharing their passions and talent for music. The actions of music charities in New Orleans are particularly effective because they provide help to the community as a whole as well as personalized service to their clients. They do not offer a blanket solution to the varying levels of assistance which the music community in New Orleans so desperately needed. Efforts in New Orleans bring more attention to the importance of music in times of distress and lend comfort to those who suffered from disaster showing that no matter how devastating the situation was, the music was not drowned out."
- Flavia Crovesi
"Music orients us to the place and provides the creative spark for ourselves and the whole city... Music was all Orleanians had after Katrina."
- Irma Thomas
Acrylic on canvas
48" x 60" x 2"
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I call my art "Composing with Color". Everyone hears music differently. The way we perceive art is shaped by our taste and by emotions, situations and personalities. My canvas is the manuscript on which the notes are painted. I have attempted to have music take on physical colors as it travels through air. My ideal vision would be to create a world in colors as Thelonious Monk created a world of sound.
I am a graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. I have had solo exhibitions in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Miami and Frankfurt, Germany. I have received a grant from the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Artist Fellowship Inc, New York, NY.
George McClements is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Bywater neighborhood.
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