“For the Earth it was Just a Twinge”: Collective Storytelling in Journalism, Composition and Music Performance

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ALL EVENTS IN ZOOM ROOM and times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT):
 
https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/83608532313
Passcode: HAVEN

Event 5 TWINGE Concert YouTube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekWxniakJAg

 

 

EVENT 1 (Distanced) Music Collectives: More Than the Sum of Our Parts
Saturday, June 26th 7:00 – 7:45pm EDT

This panel brings together music and text collaborators from North Carolina, New York, Texas, Toronto, Hawaii and Indonesia.  We will introduce Twinge, which tells the extraordinary lived experience stories of survivors in Banda Aceh, Indonesia following the 2004 Asia Tsunami through text and music.  The panel will discuss the intersectional power of journalism, story-telling, lived experience, composition, performance and audio/video recording in artistic creation.

Panelists:

  • Barry Bearak, retired New York Times journalist, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Linda Bong, translator, Indonesia
  • Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
  • Midori Koga, piano, University of Toronto
  • Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinetist, University of North Texas
  • Jon Magnussen, composer, University of Hawaii West O’ahu

EVENT 2 Collective Cultural Perspectives:  Conversations with Translator Linda Bong  
Saturday, June 26th 8:00 – 8:45pm EDT

Interviews with Indonesian translator Linda Bong, three of the original story-tellers Maisara, Haikal and Romi, and retired New York Times Journalist Barry Bearak about language, culture, tradition, translation and telling the stories of the survivors with respect and authenticity.  

Panelists:

  • Barry Bearak, retired New York Times journalist, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • Linda Bong, translator, Indonesia
  • Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
  • Midori Koga, piano, University of Toronto
  • Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinetist, University of North Texas
  • Jon Magnussen, composer, University of Hawaii West O’ahu

EVENT 3 – Students and Collective Projects Part 1 - HAVEN
Sunday, June 27th 3:00 - 3:45 EDT

This informal discussion for students will be with Kim, Lindsay and Midori of HAVEN on the topic of commissioning, rehearsing, living, parenting, performing, balancing lives and creating music collectively and at a distance.  Student group participants from U of Toronto, U of Hawaii O’ahu, and University of North Texas.

Panelists:

  • Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
  • Midori Koga, piano, University of Toronto
  • Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinetist, University of North Texas

EVENT 4 - Students and Collective Projects Part 2 - Small group meetings with HAVEN
Sunday, June 27th 4:00 - 5:00 EDT

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Scheduled 15-minute small group meetings with students bringing forward ideas of collectives: ensemble playing, group teaching projects, commissioning projects, community outreach projects.  Student groups participants from U of Toronto, U of Hawaii, University of North Texas.  Please email midori.koga@utoronto.ca to pre-register.

Panelists:

  • Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
  • Midori Koga, piano, University of Toronto
  • Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinetist, University of North Texas

EVENT 5 - YouTube Premiere TWINGE Concert (Youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekWxniakJAg)
Sunday, June 27th 7:30 – 8:30pm EDT

HAVEN with Barry Bearak:

  • Barry Bearak, spoken interludes
  • Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
  • Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet
  • Midori Koga, piano

Performance of Jon Magnussen’s work TWINGE for soprano, piano, and clarinet by HAVEN.  TWINGE is a song cycle based on Pulitzer Prize-winner Barry Bearak’s The Day the Sea Came, the story of six survivors from the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. TWINGE was commissioned with generous support of Chamber Music America and the Classical Commissioning Grant Program. This symposium and performance is supported by a generous grant from the University of Toronto Jackman Humanities Institute.