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Scott Clark 4tet Plays Excerpts of "Bury My Heart" (Part 1 of 2)

The Scott Clark 4tet

Photo: Lauren Serpa

Thursday night (10/30) at 8:00 p.m. at VCU’s Singleton Center, drummer Scott Clark will lead his group The Scott Clark 4tet in a performance of a new work called “Bury My Heart,” a suite that draws on the history of Native Americans and their subjugation by the United States Government. The title for the work comes from Dee Brown’s 1970 book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Scott is of Creek and Cherokee descent and he has spent years studying his own family’s history. In the course of learning about that history, he read Dee Brown’s book. He was profoundly impacted by the stories that he read and began to write the music for ‘Bury My Heart.”

This is Part 1 of the segment in which Scott performs a few of the movements from the new work, including compositions inspired by the Dakota Wars the Sand Creek Massacre. I also ask Scott about his musical influences.

The Scott Clark 4tet includes Jason Scott on tenor sax, Bob Miller on trumpet, Cameron Ralston on bass and Scott Clark on drums. You can find information on Scott Clark’s recordings and performances at this website.

Listen to Part 2 Here.