2020 SEASON

Reparations NOW!

Thursday, October 29
7:00 pm

Streaming Here

Tickets are free with a suggested donation

The Center at West Park Presents

Reparations NOW! is Ensemble Pi’s new project, inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ congressional testimony and Ibram X. Kendi’s best-seller book, How to Be an Antiracist – both of which offer powerful and compelling arguments in support of reparations for the African-American community. Focusing on social justice, the new-music collective Ensemble Pi has presented concerts in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and opposing police brutality and systemic racism since 2015. This new project features works from a diverse group of talented composers, including world premieres by Allison Loggins-Hull, Angélica Negrón, and Trevor Weston, and a composition by Courtney Bryan —all commissioned by Ensemble Pi. It also includes Georg Friedrich HaasI can’t breathe (In memoriam Eric Garner), and a musical improvisation, Requiem for Elijah, based on the last words of Elijah McClain.

Join us after the performance for a Q&A with Idith Meshulam and the composers. 

Courtney Bryan: Elegy (2018)

Piano, clarinet, violin, cello

Georg Friedrich Haas: I can’t breathe (In memoriam Eric Garner) (2014)
Solo trumpet

Allison Loggins-Hull: Pattern (2020, World Premiere)
With text from Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow
Piano, flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello

Angélica Negrón: Conversación a distancia (2020, World Premiere)
Piano, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello, accordion

Trevor Weston: Pinkster Kings (2020, World Premiere)
Piano, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello, narrator and conductor

Requiem for Elijah (2020)
Improvisation for any combination of instruments and/or voices, based on Elijah McClain’s last words.

Idith Meshulam (piano), Allison Loggins-Hull (flute), Moran Katz (clarinet), Wayne Dumaine (trumpet), Bill Trigg (percussion), Airi Yoshioka (violin), Alexis Gerlach (cello), Angélica Negrón (accordion), and Damian Norfleet (narrator), with Trevor Weston (conductor).

Full Program Notes

Fallen Societies

December 2020

Theatre for the New City
155 1st Avenue, New York

Fallen Societies is a collaboration between Ensemble Pi and the famed Bread & Puppet Theater with music by activist composers Susan Botti, Kristin Nordeval.The founder and director of the Bread & Puppet Theater, Peter Schumann, will illustrate the distructions and disruptions that come with capitalism through his characteristically thoughtful and powerful action.