Destination Freedom is an immersive electroacoustic composition that takes listeners on a journey in search of freedom: from the hull of a 19th-century slave ship, across time, to a place in the imaginative future. Using history as a mirror for contemporary social issues, Yvette Janine Jackson anchors the work in research focused on how humans were stored in the cargo ships that carried them through the Middle Passage. By blending and manipulating sounds from myriad sources including field recordings, electronic sound, and samples from the internet, Jackson creates a haunting, emotional, epic narrative without words.
Yvette Janine Jackson is a composer and installation artist who brings attention to historical events and social issues through her radio operas. Her work has been presented at Audiorama, Fylkingen, Sweden; Borealis Festival, Norway; Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; and in residence at Stockholm EMS. Her album Freedom, produced by the Fridman Gallery, debuted as Contemporary Album of the Month in the January 2021 issue of The Guardian and Destination Freedom won the Giga-Hertz Production Award 2021. She presents the world premiere of Left Behind for her Radio Opera Workshop ensemble at the Venice Music Biennale in fall 2022, and a new work, Underground (Codes), which serves as a companion piece to Destination Freedom, opens May 26, 2022 at Wave Farm in Acra, New York. Jackson is an assistant professor in Creative Practice and Critical Inquiry in the Department of Music at Harvard University and also teaches for Harvard’s Theater, Dance & Media program.