“The Struggle”

Tyrone Birkett Emancipation at the Harlem Arts Festival. Performing “The Struggle” with dancer Theara Ward.


This is Tyrone Birkett’s final submission to the Justice Blog. We thank him for many months of beautiful and empowering music, and for dreaming justice forward. 



Tyrone Birkett is a saxophonist, composer, producer partnering art and social consciousness as an “artist for humanity”. Focused on creating music that affirms the good and the beautiful, in spite of what we see in our world. As the conceptualist, composer and musical director of the band Tyrone Birkett | Emancipation, he has created Postmodern Spirituals, a project that synthesizes jazz language, black church music, soul music & Negro spirituals.

Tyrone has brought curative and empowering art to The Apollo Theater, WNYC/Greene Space, Blue Note Jazz Club, Lehman and York College Performing Art Centers. He has also been awarded grants & commissions from the Puffin Foundation, Drew University, Bronx Council of the Arts and Flushing Town Hall