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Adaptation and Resilience: Private, Public, and Individual Change Makers
Massivemuse Planetary Music

Adaptation and Resilience: Private, Public, and Individual Change Makers

Downtown, Boston

Sat, December 16, 2023 6:30 PM, EST

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57 of 70 spots still available
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Don't bring your own drinks
Non-alcoholic drinks provided
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Wheelchair Accessible
Kid-friendly event

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Epic performances in unexpected spaces.


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Adrienne B. (she/her) Co-host

We invite fellow groupmusers to be a part of NorthStar Duo's yearly premiere concert of Pay It No Mind in memorandom of Marsha P. Johnson at Asylum CoLab!

Cole Reyes is the winner of NorthStar Duo's call for scores 2023, titled Listening Images: Adaptation and Resilience: Private, Public, and Individual Change Makers. Inspired by a series of two-sentence poems by Lawson Fusao Inada, NorthStar Duo saught with this call to musically tell the lives, impact, and/or legacy of figures past or present and their diligence as an advocate for change. Void of words, Listening Images centers feelings and authenticity of elements as their own musical language.

Pay It No Mind is an homage and elegy for Marsha P. Johnson and the ongoing effort for queer and trans acceptance in modern society. The title comes from Marsha’s middle initial, P, which stood for Pay It No Mind. After the many hardships found in her life, the cause of her untimely death remains disputed. I believe that, as artists, it is important to tell these stories in the hopes of spurring change for the future. Though we have come far, we still have work to do. Throughout the piece, the voice is used first on a closed syllable ‘mm’ that then transforms into an open syllable ‘ah’ later. This represents the voicelessness of the queer community and our struggle to find our identity and speak out – the voice of Marsha P. Johnson in her first for justice for queer and trans lives.

This season will also premiere, "Tik Tok Sonata", a new work by Dr. Joshua Oxford.

Electronicist Josh Oxford, born in 1985, is a composer, arranger, and performer of myriad styles of music. He has performed throughout the world, especially in his native central New York, on piano, percussion, and synthesizer. After suffering a debilitating car crash in 2010, Josh has devoted his energy to composing. He holds degrees in composition from Arizona State University, Ithaca College, and Queens College, where he was awarded The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship. He currently lectures on music technology at Ithaca College.

NorthStar Duo will also perform on this program commissions from previous seasons, including Save One Life, You Save the World Entire by Aaron Jay Myers.

What's the music?

NorthStar Duo Flute and Saxophone

This program consists of contemporary pieces commissioned by flute and saxophone ensemble The NorthStar Duo. NorthStar Duo has commissioned and performed works from many traditions, including the western European and African diaspora. NorthStar duo blends the past and present and incorporates and encourages non-traditional uses of their instrument by the composers with whom they have the pleasure of working.

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200 State Street, Boston, MA 02109, USA
Apt: 2nd Floor


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Erica J. (she/her) Emcee
Alison J.
Francis P.
Frank T.
Aaron Jay M.
Matt G.
Sage E.
Josh O.
Hubert H.
Anna B.