Black Wall Street

...Black Wall Street, a staged concert about complex relationships in the work place, the contemporary politics of money and the nature of ambition. Created and performed by Alicia Hall Moran, Black Wall Street depicts a history of Black American finance in New York City and beyond. With humor, poignancy and depth, Moran makes a musical, poetic adventure of the office. Jazz, rock, classical, and Indian Carnatic musicians join Moran to explore commonalities and intersections of the streams of narrative — expressed and unexpressed — and the streams of history — known or unknown to us — hat we each bring to work with us everyday.

 


Q&A with Alicia Hall Moran: Adding to a Daring Catalog

Intermission - Tulsa Performing Arts Center

May 2018

Alica Hall Moran will surprise you. The classically trained mezzo-soprano singer-compsoer not only worked a dozen office jobs over the years as she honed her craft, but she is just as passionate about Motown as she is about Bach.
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Q&A with Alicia Hall Moran: Adding to a Daring Catalog

New Mexico Jazz Festival at Santa Fe

outpostspace.org, Sunday, July 29, 2018

Alicia Hall Moran & Jason Moran: Black Wall Street (in partnership with Opera Southwest at the African American Performing Arts Center, Albuquerque)
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Q&A with Alicia Hall Moran: Adding to a Daring Catalog

Opera Southwest Presents: Alicia Hall Moran in Black Wall Street

ABQtodo, Albuquerque, Jul 29, 2018 at 07:30 pm (Sun)

Almost nothing on Here Today, the second full-length from vocalist Alicia Hall Moran, comes as expected. The opening track sets the lyrics and melody of Stevie Wonder's 1970 hit "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" to the music of the "Habanera" from Carmen. From there, Moran gets even more daring, with a short, wrenching song whose only musical accompaniment is a piano and rattling chains.
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Q&A with Alicia Hall Moran: Adding to a Daring Catalog

Q&A with Alicia Hall Moran: Adding to a Daring Catalog

Downbeat, Jan 4, 2018
Moran's latest album: HERE TODAY
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Alicia Hall-Moran Presents Black Wall Street

Alicia Hall-Moran Presents "Black Wall Street"

Tulsa World, Jan 4, 2018

Jazz artist Alicia Hall Moran had already chosen "Black Wall Street" as the title of her newest musical endeavor before she learned such a place had actually existed. Hall Moran came up with the title, which is also the title of one of the songs on her most recent album, "Here Today," as a tribute to her father, who worked in New York City's financial district. "I did a Google search, just to see if this title had been used before," Hall Moran said. "And that's when I first learned about the Tulsa Race Riot in 1921, and that it took place in the Greenwood section of the city that came to be known as 'Black Wall Street.'
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Alicia Hall Moran, Black Wall Street photos by Richard Louissaint

Photos: Alicia Hall Moran Black Wall Street 6/20/16

by Richard Louissaint, Jun 26, 2016

Black Wall Street is a staged concert depicting a story about Money and the lesser-told story of Black-American Finance in New York City–and beyond. Pulling memory from her own childhood with her own Wall Street father, and adding to that events drawn from documents on 18th century New York found in The Schomburg Center's The Black New Yorkers, writings on Oklahoma's Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 which plundered the wealthy Black neighborhood known as Black Wall Street, issues of Black Enterprise Magazine from the 1980's, books by and about Black financiers, and articles from The Wall Street Journal in the 21st century, Ms. Moran will re-create "the office" of the past, and perhaps even, the future.
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Alicia Hall Moran, Black Wall Street, Oklahoma Eagle

Preview: Alicia Hall Moran to perform 'Black Wall Street' Concert at The Tulsa Performing Arts Center May 24th

The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire, May 18, 2018

Alicia Hall Moran, the granddaughter of Ira DeVoyd Hall & Rubye Maie Hibler Hall honors her lineage with a tribute concert to the great state of Oklahoma. Alicia Moran's concert BLACK WALL STREET at Tulsa Performing Arts Center on May 24, poignantly considers the tragedy of the Tulsa Race Riot through her own family history, beginning with the strivings of her own grandparents: proud graduates of Langston University who continued their educations at University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma University respectively, before entering into careers in Education and civil service and devotion above and beyond the call of duty.
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The Music of Alicia Hall Moran, in Residence at New England Conservatory

The Music of Alicia Hall Moran, in Residence at New England Conservatory

New England Conservatory: Eben Jordan Ensemble Room, March 29, 2018

Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran present a residency concert featuring a unique student ensemble featuring musicians from both classical and improvisational disciplines. The program will highlight pieces from Hall Moran's two albums, "Here Today" and "Heavy Blue". Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano, is a multi-dimensional artist performing and composing between the genres of Opera, Art, Theater, and Jazz. Ms. Moran made her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, starring as Bess on the celebrated 20-city American tour.
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Black Wall Street musical performance to make Tulsa debut

"Black Wall Street" musical performance to make Tulsa debut

newsok.com, May 20, 2018

"Black Wall Street," the musical creation of New York mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, will make its Tulsa premiere at 7 p.m. May 24 in the James H. Williams Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Moran, who grew up in Connecticut and spent the summers with her grandparents in Oklahoma City, began working on the presentation a couple of years ago after first learning about the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. She said her grandparents never talked to her about that tragic part of Tulsa's history, but she stumbled across it while doing research for a musical tribute to her father, a black financier who spent part of his career on Wall Street in New York.
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Black Wall Street musical performance to make Tulsa debut

Alicia Hall-Moran Presents "Black Wall Street"

Public Radio Tulsa, May 23, 2018

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with mezzo-soprano and vocal performance artist Alicia Hall-Moran, a versatile singer at home with opera, art, theatre, and jazz. Hall-Moran made her Broadway debut understudying as "Bess" in the revival of "The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess," but the main thrust of her work is in varied collaborations with a "who's who" of creative types -- from her husband, the celebrated jazz musician Jason Moran, to visual artists like Carrie Mae Weems and choreographers like Bill T. Jones.
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Video: Women in Jazz Festival/Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Schomburg Center's 2016 Women's Jazz Festival, March 31, 2016

Performer and composer Alicia Hall Moran presented her project, "Black Wall Street," a staged concert depicting a story about money and the lesser-known tale of Black American finance in New York City and beyond at the Schomburg Center's 2016 Women's Jazz Festival.
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National Sawdust: Alicia Hall Moran: Black Wall Street

Alicia Hall Moran: Black Wall Street

National Sawdust, Jan 11, 2016

Black Wall Street is a staged concert depicting a story about Money and the lesser-told story of Black-American Finance in New York City–and beyond. Pulling memory from her own childhood with her own Wall Street father, and adding to that events drawn from documents on 18th century New York found in The Schomburg Center's The Black New Yorkers, writings on Oklahoma's Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 which plundered the wealthy Black neighborhood known as Black Wall Street, issues of Black Enterprise Magazine from the 1980's, books by and about Black financiers, and articles from The Wall Street Journal in the 21st century, Ms. Moran will re-create "the office" of the past, and perhaps even, the future.
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Photo Gallery

Backstage at Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Brandon Ross, Alicia Hall Moran, Thomas Flippin

In Greenwood, Tulsa 2018

with Tulsa Boulé (Archons) at John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation

Alicia Hall Moran with Dr. Olivia J. Hooker

Alicia Hall Moran with Dr. Olivia J. Hooker at age 101 years old. She remains the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921.jpg




 

Jason Moran and Carole F. Hall, Tulsa Performing Arts Center

The band at John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation (Brandon Ross, Thomas Flippin, Gene Alexander Peters, Jason Moran & Alicia Hall Moran, May 24, 2018.

Alicia Hall Moran's grandparents at Clearview High School. Ira D. Hall, Sr. (back row, center) and Rubye Maie Hibler Hall (front row, far right)

Alicia Hall Moran's grandfather, Ira D. Hall, Sr., was Principal at Clearview High School. This is the graduating class of 1938.




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