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Written by Melinda Steffy   
Published on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:00

 

If you've followed LiveConnections for any length of time, you'll know we talk a lot about "collaboration."

WHY do we focus so much on collaboration?

Because we have seen that when people work together — outside of their comfort zones, from different backgrounds — beautiful and inspiring things happen. Creativity flourishes.

We believe our world is enriched by diverse cultures and perspectives. We believe in breaking down barriers that divide us, in sparking learning and understanding about each other, in embracing heritage and identity.

And we believe music is a powerful tool — a universal language — that can help us get there. Musical collaboration embodies the values to which we aspire, and it does so with joy and passion and hope.

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What does it look like in practice?

You can see it for yourself December 1 at 7:30pm at our partner venue World Cafe Live. LiveConnections is presenting "rock star" quintet Sybarite5 and theremin-composer-extraordinaire Jakub Ciupinski (below R) in a concert that pushes musical boundaries. We've commissioned Jakub to write new music for string quintet and "hacked" theremin that contrasts melody and rhythm, lyricism and groove.

It happened in October at our LiveConnections Presents concert featuring a collaboration between Benito Meza, Bridget Kibbey & Samuel Torres (L-R). The artists explored ideas of migration and identity through new music by composers who immigrated to the U.S. from South America, alongside the folk music that inspired them.

It's coming up on December 6 with our "Voices & Bodies in Social Action" Bridge Session. Artists Lela Aisha Jones, Keisha Hutchins & Nia Eubanks Dixon (L-R) examine how music, movement and voices have been part of advocacy for civil and human rights, and get students collaborating and sharing their own creative visions.

Here's to more collaboration, more music in all of our lives.
Melinda

Melinda Steffy, Executive Director
LiveConnections


P.S. We're about to launch our year-end giving campaign, "A Better World Now." Donate by December 31 to support these collaborations and many more.

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