Isabella Dawis | Capital I
Capital I is an original one-act play on the concept of Internet sentience, created by Isabella Dawis in collaboration with artists from Youth Underground, Central Square Theater’s resident young adult ensemble. The piece will be produced as part of the theater’s Youth Underground Lab, a showcase for new works by emerging artists. Through music, poetry, and movement, Capital I will explore what the Internet might say to us, if it could think and feel. Capital I will be livestreamed by Howlround: A Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College.
MuChen Hsieh, Jennifer Hsieh, TingRu Lai, Seth Russell | Oceanus Quartet
The Oceanus Quartet is comprised of Taiwanese violinists MuChen Hsieh and Jennifer Hsieh, violist TingRu Lai, and American cellist Seth Russell. The quartet is organizing a 10-day educational tour in Taiwan, to bring string quartet music to school, community and performance settings where it is currently lacking. The classical music education system in Taiwan focuses heavily on solo and orchestral music, with few opportunities for students to study in small ensembles or hear high-level chamber music performances. Through workshops, lecture-demonstrations, masterclasses, and performances, the Oceanus Quartet will expose young musicians to the richness of chamber music and introduce them to a new set of musical skills, including communication, collaboration, group problem-solving and interpretation.
Lautaro Mantilla | Scivias
Scivias is a one-day sound installation created by Lautaro Mantilla that explores concepts of community, free will, and social interaction, inspired by the work of Hildegard von Bingen, 12th c. writer, composer and mystic. Hildegard grew up enclosed in a monastery where she learned to read, write, meditate, pray, and compose. The installation will include a structure that is a creative interpretation of Hildegard’s room at the monastery, and five human-like objects that reflect her prismatic existence. Participants will be invited to create their own composition by interacting with the human objects, which respond to touch with light and sound. The installation will run throughout the day on Tuesday, April 28th in JH118.
Seoyon MacDonald & Stephanie Scogna | Boston Art Song Society
The Boston Art Song Society is a musician-run presenting organization, focused on promoting art song and emerging artists committed to the genre. Founded by pianist Susanna McDonald and vocalist Stephanie Scogna, the 2015 pilot season will include two concerts focused on American and French art song. Through intimate, high-level performances, BASS aims to promote the study and performance of art song in the city of Boston, to spread the love of poetry in song, to give performance opportunities to young artists passionate about the genre, and to expose the public to a variety of languages and styles within song.
Deepti Navaratna | Dialogues with the Divine
Dialogues with the Divine is a five-part concert series that pairs Hindu sacred music with devotional music from other major world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and Buddhism. Launched and curated by Deepti Navaratna, the series began in March 2015, with Sacred Songs of Hindus and Jews, a concert produced by the Boston Jewish Music Festival in collaboration with Congregation Ohabei Shalom in Brookline. NEC’s EM grant will support the next concert in the series, Call of the Sufis, which will feature Sufi poems from Persia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Kashmir and India, connecting the transcendental lyrics of Jalaluddin Rumi to the Hindu mystic Meerabai. The concert will be organized and promoted in partnership with the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and feature Deepti in performance with Dr. Robert Labaree’s DÜNYA Ensemble.
Linda Numagami | Silence Speaks
In an effort to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence against women, Linda Numagami has commissioned works by three different composers--Mattia Mauree, Sonnet Swire and Shane Simpson--that tell stories too many have suffered and emerged from. Silence Speaks weaves together these pieces with survivor’s personal stories, poetry and media pieces, in order to address misconceptions that exist around domestic and sexual violence in America and provide a safe space for dialogue around these issues.