Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

The Beat That Binds Us

  • Millenium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (map)
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Performance by five 2018-2019 Kennedy CenterCitizen Artist Fellows, including me!

By combining elements of spoken word verse, hip hop, dance, visual art & instrumentation, The Beat That Binds Us explores the connectivity of Americans by using the body as a metaphor, with emphasis on its health and vitality dependent on the syncopated rhythm of its heartbeat. Through creating content that explores social norms and behaviors, this performance will investigate the barriers that create disease or disharmony in an increasingly divisive nation, and will unpack what we can do to move forward together as a functioning, beating heart.

About the Performers: The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, honors our 35th President everyday by uplifting ideals from his legacy (service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude) that live through the arts. As part of this celebration of legacy, the Kennedy Center launched the "Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition" in 2016, which celebrates emerging artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities. Through a year-long engagement with the Kennedy Center, Citizen Artist Fellows develop and strengthen connections in their fields, receive opportunities for artistic collaboration and presentation, and gain access to Kennedy Center Staff and Artistic Partners for individual professional development.

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May
17
to May 20

Silkroad Residency at Freer-Sackler

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The third weekend in a year-long Silkroad residency at the Freer-Sackler (Asian Art museum of the Smithsonian Institute) includes the premiere of a new piece commissioned by the museum, with compositions by Silkroad musicians, including a piece by me, based on works of art in the museum.

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Conference of the Birds
Apr
5
to Apr 8

Conference of the Birds

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April 5-8 at the Boston Center for the Arts

Based on the 12th century Persian Sufi literary masterwork by Attar, "The Conference of the Birds" is a newly commissioned evening-length movement theatre work exploring migration, journeys, and stories of migrants and refugees. Directed by choreographer Wendy Jehlen, an incredible ensemble of 8 dancers from 8 different countries (Brazil, Benin, Turkey, South Africa/India, Japan, Egypt, Indonesia, and the U.S.) express stories of migrants and refugees through the lens of the 12th century Persian literary masterpiece. Music composed by myself, Iranian master ney player Shaho Andalibi and French sound artist Fraction (Eric Reynaud).

 

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Soul Yatra Trio
Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

Soul Yatra Trio

Soul Yatra Trio explores music from China, India and the Americas with myself on violin and erhu, Mike Block, cello and voice, and Sandeep Das, tabla (Indian drums). Free concert sponsored by Celebrity Series' Neighborhood Arts program. All ages welcome!

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Sing Home Concert and Song Sharing
Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Sing Home Concert and Song Sharing

Memories, families, sites, smells. How can we use songs to tell the story of home? Experience a participatory live performance with the violinist and erhu player, Shaw Pong Liu as part of her Pao Arts Center Artist-In-Residence Sing Home project. Listen to music gathered by Shaw Pong from the Chinatown community, and share your story and song with Shaw Pong and others in this family-friendly, song-sharing performance. 

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Dec
8
to Dec 9

Silkroad Residency at Freer Sackler

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I'm thrilled to be joining the Silkroad Ensemble's residency at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington DC (the Smithsonian Institute's Asian-American art museums) this season. For this second residency visit for Celebrate: Buddhist Journeys weekend, I am curating a "Listening Meditation Walk" with four other Ensemble members offering walking meditation through the galleries and live musical meditations on Buddhist art / themes along the way. We are also playing concerts throughout the weekend.

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Oct
13
to Oct 15

Silkroad Ensemble residency at Freer Sackler

I'm thrilled to be joining the Silkroad Ensemble's residency at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington DC (the Smithsonian Institute's Asian-American art museums) this season. For this first residency visit we will be performing both indoor, outdoor, and pop-up concerts throughout the museum as part of the grand re-opening Illuminasia Festival weekend.

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Soundbites at MFA: Building with Light
Jun
8
6:00 PM18:00

Soundbites at MFA: Building with Light

  • Edward H. Linde Gallery (Gallery 168), Museum of Fine Arts (map)
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Happy to perform with amazing pianist Sarah Bob at the MFA's Sound Bites series. Concert will include my original solo violin compositions from my project A Bird a Day, and Sarah performing my solo composition for vocalizing pianist, "Never Has Been Yet", based on Langston Hughes' poem, Let America Be America Again.

Two sets, 6pm and 7pm.

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May
7
3:00 PM15:00

Harmony and Hope with Riverview Chamber Players and the New England Gospel Ensemble

This concert is a beautiful expression of hope against gun violence, under the leadership of Rebecca Strauss, director of Riverview Chamber Players. I will join Rebecca, Rafael Popper-Keizer, and Annegret Klaua, on the Debussy String Quartet, and also collaborate with the New England Gospel Ensemble. Very excited!!

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New Gallery Concert Series: Heritage
Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

New Gallery Concert Series: Heritage

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World Premiere of my solo piano composition for the incredible Sarah Bob! I'm also performing a duo with amazing Ashe Gordon, and solo erhu.

Featuring paintings by Jeffrey Melzack and Jenny Olsen and photography by Astrid Reischwitz

Program includes:
WORLD PREMIERES by Shaw Pong Liu, Eden Macadam-Somer, Mischa Salkind-Pearl,
along with music by Pozzi Escot and Augusta Reed Thomas

with Eden Macadam-Somer, vocals/violin/viola;  Shaw Pong Liu, erhu/vocals/violin; Lilit Hartunian, violin;
Ashe Gordon, viola;  and Sarah Bob, piano
Co-sponsored by the Cambridge Art Association and the New School of Music

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Tyaphaka with Castle of Our Skins
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Tyaphaka with Castle of Our Skins

Excited to play with Castle of Our Skins!

Castle of our Skins blends music, dance & visual art in this one-of-a-kind showcase of Black artistry. String quartets by Florence Price & Jessie Montgomery share the stage with world premiere works inspired by African masks & South African artist Nicholas Hlobo’s “Tyaphaka” sculpture - a larger than life exploration of the submerged. 

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Youth Music Culture Guangdong
Jan
7
to Jan 18

Youth Music Culture Guangdong

I am thrilled and honored that Yo-Yo Ma invited me to join the incredible faculty in the inaugural season of his Youth Music Culture Guangdong Music Festival in Guangzhou, China. This exciting new festival brings young orchestral musicians from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan together to play music together, and explore ideas of "cultural citizenship". 

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Code Listen at JP Porchfest
Jul
9
4:00 PM16:00

Code Listen at JP Porchfest

Excited to perform with a talented band of police officers from around the City as part of my Code Listen artist-residency with the City of  Boston. This is our debut performance, part of an ensemble-building process among officers prior to a series of songwriting music-based dialogue workshops with officers and teens this summer.

We wlll also be partnering with Art Commons to engage passersby with onsite art-making during and after the performance.

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