Ensemble Pi: Black Lives Matter
An session with Artistic Director and pianist Idith Meshulam, conductor Marlon Daniel, composer Trevor Weston, and singer Damian Norfleet discussing their participation in Ensemble Pi's concert of commissions and new works in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, presented on November 10, 2016, at Roulette, Brooklyn.
Since 2003, Ensemble Pi’s Peace Project has sought to create a bridge between classical contemporary music and some of today’s most pressing social and political issues through the commissioning of works and collaborations with artists, writers and journalists. Past concerts from the Peace Project have addressed issues such as mass incarceration, suppression of the media, South African apartheid, environmentalism and the Iraq War, among others.
Today, the level of despair, frustration and anger caused by systemic racism and police brutality, and documented by graphic videos of witnesses, is beyond any verbal expression, Artistic Director and pianist Idith Meshulam says. Ensemble Pi strongly believes in the need for a more just society. With this concert, it wishes to mourn the dead and celebrate the living by presenting the work of living composers from Black and Brown communities, who have responded musically to this painful situation.