'Liner Notes' at Krannert: 'Elevated art for the hip-hop generation'

'Liner Notes' at Krannert: 'Elevated art for the hip-hop generation'

Paige Hernandez, a teaching artist, dancer, actress, playwright and director, will perform "Liner Notes" Friday night at the Krannert Center.

Her collaborators include Baye Harrell, Akua Allrich and Kris Funn's Corner Store Jazz Quintet. They fuse live music, poetry, theater, dance and multimedia in the show.

Here's what she told staff writer Paul Wood about "Liner Notes":

"I thought about, what live theater show would I like to experience? And it occurred to me that I'd really like to see live hip-hop music with trained musicians — trained in jazz and classical music. And hip-hop is based in sampling, in taking from other songs, and I wanted to explore that.

"During the show, with the backing of the Corner Store Jazz Quintet, we read the actual liner notes of some of your favorite artists through poetry, music and projections. We also share personal moments in our lives when we realized we were in love with the music from the past.

"We want elevated art for the hip-hop generation. Hip-hop shows don't have to dumb things down for the audience. They don't have to be negative. They don't have to focus on the commercial side of hip-hop. It can be a multigenerational, multicultural, multigenre experience. I like to look into the crowd and see the most diverse crowd ever."

If you go

What: "Liner Notes"

Who: Paige Hernandez

Where: Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Tickets: $10 to $25.

More information: 217-333-6280, krannertcenter.com/events/paige-hernandez-liner-notes