BAMS Festival Curators
CATHERINE T. MORRIS
Mother | Social Entreprenuer | Founder + Executive Director, BAMS Fest, Inc.
Catherine T. Morris is a social entrepreneur, visionary, and events producer who works at the intersection arts, culture and creative placekeeping. Over the last 15 years, Catherine has spent her time and energy producing shows, as well as mobilizing and engaging local audiences to experience the arts. Now, as the Founder and Executive Director of Boston Art & Music Soul (BAMS) Fest, Catherine has created an organization that strives to breakdown racial and social barriers to arts, music and culture for marginalized communities and artists of color across Greater Boston. As a result, BAMS Fest has presented over (160+) local and independent musicians and artists, curated in (15+) public spaces and has attracted over (8,000+) attendees.
Catherine has been a presenter, panelist and moderator with SPARK Boston, Podcast Garage, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Simmons University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Fenway High School. She is a 2018 National Art Strategies Creative Community Fellow (The Barr Foundation), and has served on grant review panels for the Cambridge Arts Council, The Lewis Prize for Music, and the Boston Neighborhood Fellowship (The Boston Foundation).
Catherine is an alumnae of Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management in Philadelphia, PA, and received her Masters of Science from Simmons University (Boston, MA). It is Catherine’s hope that BAMS Fest becomes a pipeline to Boston’s arts and culture ecosystem and creative economy in a manner that inspires hope, changes individual and societal bias, and positively impacts the livelihoods of our future creatives and generations.
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON
3X GRAMMY® award-winning Drummer | Producer | Composer
photo credit: Tracy Love
Celebrating 40 years in music, three-time GRAMMY® award-winning drummer/producer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington started her professional career in Massachusetts at 10 years old when she became the youngest person to receive a union card in Boston. After studying under full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, Ms. Carrington moved to New York City in 1983 and quickly started working with jazz greats Clark Terry, James Moody, Lester Bowie, Pharoah Sanders, Wayne Shorter and Stan Getz. In the late ‘80’s she relocated to Los Angeles where she gained recognition on late night TV as the house drummer for both the Arsenio Hall Show and Quincy Jones’ VIBE TV show, hosted by Sinbad.
In 1989, Ms. Carrington released a GRAMMY®-nominated debut CD on Verve Forecast, Real Life Story, featuring Carlos Santana, John Scofield, Patrice Rushen, and Grover Washington, Jr. In 2011 she released the GRAMMY® Award-winning album, The Mosaic Project and 2013, Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, which also earned a GRAMMY® Award, establishing her as the first woman ever to win in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album category.
Ms. Carrington received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2003 and was appointed professor at the college in 2005, where she currently serves as founder and artistic director for the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice. She also serves as artistic director for Berklee’s Summer Jazz Workshop, co-curator for BAMS Fest and co-artistic director of The Carr Center.
To date Ms. Carrington has performed on over 100 recordings and has been a role model and advocate for young women and men internationally through her teaching and touring careers. She has particularly had a long-standing affiliation with jazz icons, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Ms. Carrington’s latest release is The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL and she will release her latest band project, Social Science, in September 2019.
ROB "PROBLAK" GIBBS
Legendary Painter | Muralist | Graffiti Artist
photo credit: G. Ortiz Photography
Rob "Problak" Gibbs grew up in Roxbury venturing between Lenox st. apartments and Orchard Park projects. From a young age, he had a vision of beautifying the ghettos of Boston with street art and graffiti - an art form that is frequently overlooked, undervalued and misunderstood. The concept that a picture is worth an infinite amount of words inspires Rob and provides him with the opportunities to take ownership of one of our culture’s modern hieroglyphics.
He developed a vision of beautifying Boston purely by instinct, experiencing his “calling” as a young man, a child of the HipHop golden age. The need to place social consciousness in Hip-Hop culture is a driving force behind Problak’s creativity.
His work impels the viewer to allow imagination to become a playground for testing boundaries and breaking rules.
Problak has demonstrated a continued commitment to passing on the tools, techniques and traditions he has learned to the next generation of artists, serving as both mentor and inspiration to countless young people through his work as a co-founder and Paint Studio Director at Artists for Humanity.
RACINES BLACK DANCE FESTIVAL
photo credit: Racines Black Dance Festival
In 2016, local artists Baindu Conte-Coomber, Marianne Harkless Diabate and Mckersin Previlus embarked on the journey of creating a dance festival that brings together artists from different dance styles, all connected by their African roots, all having had a major influence on American culture.With the mission of bringing communities together, and increasing cultural awareness and understanding, Racines was born.
Funded exclusively by the trio, Racines hosted its first annual Black Dance Festival on October 21 and 22, 2017. The festival explored the African roots of many diverse dance forms of the Americas by engaging specialists from a wide range of styles to teach workshops in traditional and contemporary African-rooted dance.
Spanning two days, 15+ local and out of state teachers, and over 25 hours of dance programming, the festival included dance workshops in West African, Brazilian Orixa, Haitian Folkloric, Puerto Rican Bomba, African American Juba & Social Dances, Charleston/Lindy, Tap, Breaking, Locking, Hip-Hop, House, Afro-Fusion and Afro-Beats.The trio also produced a Gala Performance featuring the teaching artists of the festival.