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Affirmation: A Warp Trio/Palaver Strings Massivemuse

Affirmation: A Warp Trio/Palaver Strings Massivemuse

Powder House Square, Somerville

Fri, November 5, 2021 6:30 PM, EDT

Vaccine policy
Bring proof of COVID vaccination
Testing policy
COVID testing not required
This is an indoor event
Mask policy
Masks are required for the entire groupmuse
Social distancing
Social distancing is required
Greeter checks
Greeter will confirm safety precautions
If you feel sick, stay home
Drinking policy
Don't bring your own drinks
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for sale
Age limit
All guests must be 21
Wheelchair access
Wheelchair Accessible
Kid-friendly event

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Epic performances in unexpected spaces.


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Palaver Strings joins forces with the genre-defying chamber ensemble Warp Trio to present Affirmation. This program centers music and stories that have been suppressed or misrepresented in mainstream media narratives.

At the heart of the project is Affirmation, a new concerto grosso for piano trio, percussion, electronics, and strings. Written by Warp Trio’s own Josh Henderson, this piece is inspired by Assata Shakur’s poetry, which, in Henderson’s words, “encapsulates the experiences of Black trauma, chaos, loss, and joy while maintaining a commitment to Black life and living.” Shakur’s writing, the campaign of fear coordinated against her, and her arrest and escape, all find potent echoes in our current political climate.

Our program also features Kareem Roustom’s Dabke for String Orchestra, Florence Price’s Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint, and Akenya Seymour’s Fear the Lamb, which addresses the life and death of Emmett Till in three vivid movements. In this age of unprecedented access to truth and misinformation, Affirmation reflects on the struggle for representation, in the concert hall and the world at large.

This project is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.

What's the music?

Palaver Strings Violin, Viola , Cello & Bass
Josh Henderson Violin, Viola
JY Lee Cello
Rick Martinez Percussion

Florence Price, 5 Folk Songs in Counterpoint
Akenya Seymour, Fear the Lamb
Kareem Roustom, Dabke for String Orchestra
Josh Henderson, Affirmation


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