This groupmuse happened on Saturday, November 6, at 8:00 PM EDT.

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Affirmation: A Warp Trio/Palaver Strings Massivemuse

Affirmation: A Warp Trio/Palaver Strings Massivemuse


Sat, November 6, 2021 8:00 PM, EDT

COVID-19 protocols at this groupmuse

The COVID-19 protocols for this groupmuse apply to all performers/hosts as well as attendees.

Drinking policy
No alcohol at this groupmuse
ADA access
Kid-friendly event

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.

This massivemuse will be held at the Park Church Co-op, a Brooklyn sacred space focused on sharing radical love of the neighbor.

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.


Warp Trio Chamber Orchestra

Kareem Roustom - Dabke for String Orchestra

Florence Price - Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint

Akenya Seymour - Fear the Lamb

Josh Henderson - "Affirmation": Concerto grosso for piano trio, percussion, strings, and electronics.


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