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Esteban & the Children of the Sun

About the Show

Esteban is a suite of 14 songs performed by 13 musicians, composed or arranged by five distinguished artists from diverse musical backgrounds. During the performance, a slideshow of images and some narrative text will recall the world of Esteban, who was born in 1500 in Morocco and, after being enslaved by the Spanish and stranded in Florida, became the first African to travel across North America. The performance is the culmination of Rapson’s vision and a true testament to his artistic process, which emphasized how the careful preparation of parts creates the conditions for something vital, delightful, creative and beautiful to emerge. His creative invitation to what exceeds expectations is extended to each person present.


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poster for first performance of Esteban and the Children of the Sun in Iowa City, Iowa