For this concert, Resonance welcomes Alexander Lloyd Blake, the highly-regarded conductor of the Los Angeles vocal ensemble Tonality. Tonality’s mission parallels Resonance’s, seeking to “deliver authentic stories through voice and body to incite change, understanding, and dialogue.”

Dr. Blake has chosen a program exploring displacement, sharing the stories of poets and composers writing about houselessness, refugee experiences, and immigration. He will lead Resonance in new music by Reena Esmail, Ted Hearne, Melissa Dunphy, Saunder Choi, Cristian Larios, Nathan Heldman, Ysaye Barnwell, and others.

A panel discussion will follow, with Dr. Blake, artists, and community partners speaking on the music, their experiences, and opportunities for the audience to take action in their communities.

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The Guna people, members of a sovereign nation in today’s Panama, have a concept called “Abya Yala,” the idea of the “land in its full maturity.” Indigenous cultures in much of North and South America have adopted the term to describe the vision of interconnectedness between many indigenous cultures, and between the cultures and the land. The Bolivian Aymara leader Takir Mamani advocates for indigenous cultures to use this term in their governing documents, arguing, “Placing foreign names on our villages, our cities, and our continents is equivalent to subjecting our identity to the will of our invaders and their heirs.”

In this concert, Resonance partners with indigenous composers and poets, both locally and globally, who are creating works reflecting on this vision, and the gap between the vision and the reality for many indigenous individuals. Resonance unveils the world premiere of our latest commission, the Abya Yala Choral Suite, by Chilean-born Portland composer Freddy Vilches, co-commissioned with the American Choral Directors Association. This work explores pan-American indigenous experiences in partnership with indigenous poets from across Latin America, with musical accompaniment by Vilches’s own group, Las Matices Latin Ensemble. The concert also features works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Mari Esabel Valverde, and Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate.

A panel discussion will follow, with artists, and community partners speaking on the music, their experiences, and opportunities for the audience to take action in their communities.

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$30 General Admission
$25 Seniors
$15 Students
$15 Artists

$5 Arts for All (at the door)


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