In Times of Silver Rain

Seven Poems by Langston Hughes
Musical settings by Lior Rosner

One of America’s greatest poets, Langston Hughes was a social activist and early innovator of jazz poetry. Hughes distilled the experience of his generation of African Americans into poems that sang in his clear and unapologetic voice. In “In Time of Silver Rain: Seven Poems by Langston Hughes," composer Lior Rosner uses his music to liberate Hughes’ words from the boundaries of historical context. Rosner’s modern settings challenge us to consider the contemporary relevance of Hughes’ frank and often searing meditations on the universal themes of oppression, loss, frustration and love. While the emotions captured in these songs are indeed timeless, beneath the undeniable modernity of Rosner’s music, there are subtle harmonic nods to the jazz that provided the sonic backdrop for the Harlem Renaissance.

Title Time Share
1 Little Green Tree 3:35
2 Dear Lovely Death 2:16
3 In Time Of Silver Rain 3:14
4 Harlem 3:03
5 Strange Hurt 2:16
6 A Breath Of A Rose 1:40
7 Shadows 2:25

Shadows

Directed by Tal Rosner

Lior Rosner

Lior Rosner

Janai Brugger

Janai Brugger