Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes is a pianist and composer, known for large multidisciplinary projects and for his use of music to examine sociopolitical issues. He has performed in venues including the White House, the Blue Note, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall, and has toured internationally with artists including Branford Marsalis, Christian Scott, Jose James, Harvey Mason, and Emily King. Pinderhughes is also a member of Blackout for Human Rights, and was musical director for their 2016 #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events. CBMA's "Black Male Re-Imagined III" will center on the theme of "Ascension," which comes first from Pinderhughes' forthcoming new protest album The Transformations Suite (to be released on October 12th). Continuing in the tradition of artists like Bob Marley, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, and Tupac Shakur, Suite paints a musical picture of the current state of social inequality and injustice in the United States and beyond. Pinderhughes has spent the past five years writing, recording, and producing The Transformations Suite, which combines music, theatre, and poetry to examine the radical history of resistance within communities of the African diaspora. The themes ofSuite move through five distinct phases: Transformation, History, Cycles, Momentum (parts 1 and 2), and Ascension.