April 5-8 at the Boston Center for the Arts
Based on the 12th century Persian Sufi literary masterwork, "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, and performed by an incredible ensemble of dancers from around the world. Music composed by myself, Iranian master ney player Shaho Andalibi and French sound artist Fraction (Eric Reynaud).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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
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.
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".
Family-friendly concert! I'm performing violin and erhu (2-string Chinese instrument) with the incredible Sandeep Das on tabla (Indian talking drum) and students from City Strings United and Citywide String Orchestra, who will be joining in 2 Chinese folksongs I've arranged for string orchestra. Free admission!
Family-friendly concert! I'm performing violin and erhu (2-string Chinese instrument) with the incredible Sandeep Das on tabla (Indian talking drum) and students from Conservatory Lab, Bridge Boston, who will be joining in 2 Chinese folksongs I've arranged for string orchestra. Free admission!
Delighted to be performing and teaching for the third year with the Silk Road Ensemble at the always-inspiring Arts and Passion-Driven Learning Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This year I will offer a workshop about music for healing and dialogue based on my Boston AIR work.
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.
Boston Creates paper house installation at City Hall Plaza
(alongside the Donna Summer roller disco party - come skate-dance!!)
Come see my first visual art installation, a large-scale paper house created from re-folded posters from neighborhood Boston Creates meetings.
More about my work as Boston Creates artist-ethnographer here.
"Inside a Song" with Silk Road Ensemble
Bird-inspired Family Performance with members of the Silk Road Ensemble (Shane Shanahan, percussion, Michi Wiancko, violin, and myself on violin). I will perform one of my solo birdsong-based compositions as well as ensemble pieces and a collaborative audience piece!
An incredible cohort of musicians and I will play music to honor and remember 40 individuals lost to homicide, in a multi-block outdoor memorial with large photo-posters and live music along the route of the Mother's Day Walk for Peace.
I am honored to collaborate with Rebecca Strauss and the Riverview Chamber Players' Harmony and Hope all-day concert event. Several mothers who have lost children to homicide will speak briefly throughout the day. I will perform with my wonderful colleagues Tanya Maggi, viola, and Julia Cash, violin, 3pm-4pm.
I've been invited by wonderful cellist Michal Shein to perform and teach at her strings chamber music festival in beautiful Oaxaca, Mexico, along with violist Amelia Hollander Ames. It's my second year at the festival, and I'm excited to continue building there. I loved working with the incredibly enthusiastic and talented students last year, both on violin playing and in group improvisation classes!
Excited to perform with Castle of Our Skins, a fantastic ensemble that celebrates Black artistry through music.
Art songs both old and new explore the depth of Black poetry in song. Works for strings, voice, and piano by Ethan Frederick Greene, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and H. Leslie Adams intertwine with world premieres by LJ White, Frank S. Li, and Samuel Beebe. The power of Black poetry is illuminated through song.
Public presentations of 10 artists' proposals for collaboration with City departments, culmination of first stage of the Boston Artist-in-Residence program.
I will present with baritone James Dargan my proposal, "Time to Listen", a collaboration with the Boston Police Department, Teen Empowerment, and the Urbano Project to explore how music can create different spaces for healing and dialogue around gun violence, race, and law enforcement practices.