Tenor Lawrence Brownlee performed in front of a sold-out Carnegie Hall last night, showcasing the New York premiere of his Black-Lives Matter-inspired song cycle called Cycle of My Being.

Brownlee collaborated with composer Tyshawn Sorey and poet Terrance Hayes to create the song-cycle, and the programme is being toured across the United States.

Writing in the evening’s programme notes, Brownlee says: “Working with Terrance Hayes and Tyshawn Sorey—two extraordinarily insightful and talented black men at the pinnacle of their respective art forms—has allowed each of us to bring our different perspectives to this piece, and find common ground in both our shared cultural history and the unique individual paths that have brought us to this point. Together, we have tried to create something that speaks to the day-to-day life of a black man in the United States, and the thoughts and questions he experiences as he moves through the world.”

Click the player below to listen to Lawrence Brownlee’s interview with WNYC.