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How Do We Relate to the Climate Crisis? features artwork by Jeffrey Nowlin, Adriana G. Prat, Michelle Lougee, Maria Celeste Linardi, and Cedric Harper. Through different processes that include repurposing reclaimed materials (which otherwise would end up in the landfill) and traditional painting media, each artist created images that are meant to create awareness and inspire actions against consumerism and oblivious lifestyles in the viewer.
For a full description, please see the Exhibit Statement below.
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Interlude is how we continue to find creative ways for artists to share their work. This is our third in a series of offerings. Recorded in April at the beginning of the pandemic, "Stream" is a solo saxophone improvisation with looping electronics by Ken Field. It was recorded for inclusion in the online Cambridge Arts "Stream" Festival, which replaced the planned in-person River Festival. The piece captures the frustrating sense of isolation that many of us feel, while simultaneously evoking the beauty of our shared community and world.
Ken Field is a Cambridge-based composer and musician whose group, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, has performed both nationally and internationally, including at the Multicultural Arts Center. He also leads the Ken Field Nonstandards, a "super-group" that includes Yoron Israel, Helen Sherrah-Davies, Mike Rivard, and Amy Bellamy (and sometimes Jeff Lockhart). This group was also scheduled to perform at the cancelled River Festival in June.
Field is the President of the Board of JazzBoston, hosts a weekly radio program on WMBR & WOMR, and is on the organizing committee for the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. He was named a Finalist in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Interlude: Justice for Breonna Taylor: Duos in Dedication
This is our second in the Interlude series of offerings, and we hope you take the time to listen to this beautiful and haunting musical dedication to Breonna Taylor, the innocent African-American woman killed in Louisville, Kentucky.
This piece is one of 14 duo tracks — with accompanying videos— that are part of a larger project called "Justice for Breonna Taylor: Duos in Dedication." This project is Boston-based trumpeter and educator Jason Palmer's way of responding to one of today’s most difficult issues through jazz music. Throughout the project Palmer collaborates with different musicians. In this piece, jazz pianist Kevin Harris adds his own sound to Palmer's basic solo track that appears in each of the 14 pieces.
Kevin Harris has performed at the Multicultural Arts Center and with Jason Palmer and others at the River Festival in Cambridge at the Jazz, Blues and R&B Stage which is produced and hosted by the Multicultural Arts Center for the last 12 years.
Interlude: Historia de un Amor
Saxophonist/composer Marco Pignataro created a beautiful, haunting video to accompany an improvisational exploration of "Historia de un Amor" by Panamanian composer Carlos Eleta Alamarán. This stunning work was created in duo with Jazz Pianist/composer Laszlo Gardony.
Both musicians are on faculty at Berklee College of Music and have performed at both the Multicultural Arts Center’s Jazz Club and at the Cambridge River Festival on the Jazz, Blues and World Music Stage, which the Multicultural Arts Center organizes, helps produce and hosts each year.
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