Decca Classics announced the release of violinist Randall Goosby's new album: "Roots."
Recorded with pianist Zhu Wang and double bassist Xavier Dubois Foley, the disc features pieces by black composers and those inspired by black culture. Composers include Foley, Perkinson, Still, Price, Gershwin, Coleridge-Taylor, and Dvořák.
"The inspiration behind 'Roots' was a desire to celebrate and pay homage to just a few of the Black artists who have made it possible for myself, and so many other young people of color, to pursue a life and career in classical music," Goosby told The Violin Channel.
"The stories told through this music are uniquely inspiring, and I feel blessed with the opportunity to share them in such a meaningful way. I hope that this album inspires a sense of curiosity — not only about the lives and experiences of the composers featured — but also about composers of all backgrounds and cultures.
"I believe that classical music really is for everyone, but that can't be true until the 'canon' reflects the perspectives and traditions of everyone. We have come a long way, but we certainly have a long way to go, and I hope that this album is another small step in the right direction.”
Randal Goosby, violin
Zhu Wang, piano
Xavier Dubois Foley, double-bass
Release Date: June 25, 2021