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Our Objects and Possibilities

May 6, 2022 at 7:30 PM EST at the Pao Arts Center, Boston, MA

Our Objects and Possibilities explores AAPI storytelling through performances of works by AAPI composers, interwoven with readings of works by AAPI writers. Objects—whether they are things of everyday use, poems, or songs—become treasured memories, especially for diasporic and immigrant communities, inspiring our individual and collective destinies. The musical program includes Ken Ueno’s Atlas of Crossed Destinies, duo for violin and viola inspired by Italo Calvino’s work and a facsimile of a 15th century set of illuminated tarot cards, Iman Habibi’s Âhūye Kūhī, a work for violin and cello based on an 8th century Farsi poem in which the composer expresses concern for our displacement and hope for our survival during the climate emergency, JungYoon Wie’s Han, a work for string quartet which includes the use of Korean folk songs and instruments to express the collective suffering of the Korean people, and a live world premiere of Michael Thomas Foumai’s Printing Kapa, duo for violin and viola inspired by kapa prints of contemporary Hawaiian artist Manaola, particularly the design of the ‘ūwila, or lightning bolt, a physical representation of the life force, embodying raw power of nature. 

The event will create a collective space for storytelling by our diverse AAPI community of creatives - composers, musicians, and writers - and celebrate our most primal need to connect with our destinies, past, present, and future. Performers include violinists Luci Lin, Jae Lee, and Hyeyung Sol Yoon, violist Sarah Darling, cellist Leo Eguchi, and harpist Charles Overton.

Pricing: Free, $13 suggested donation
Performance Time: Friday, May 6, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Venue: Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA