2020 SEASON

To Whom the Shoe Fits

Sunday, March 15
3:00 pm

Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation

We are thrilled to collaborate with the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation to present “To Whom the Shoe Fits,” a special evening exploring the essence of the creative process through words, music, dance and images. The event features excerpts of letters from abstract expressionist painter Pat Passlof to her students about their craft. These are paired with musical responses from composers Marianna Martines, Sofia Gubaidulina, Augusta Read Thomas, Laura Kaminsky and Kaija Saariaho. Performing the pieces along with Ensemble Pi will be guest artists Lucy Shelton (voice and narration), Stefani Starin (flute),  and Tanja Hoehne (visuals). Ensemble Pi players: Moran Katz, clarinet; Alexis Gerlach, Cello; Idith Korman, Piano;  Airi Yoshioka, violin.

 

 

Mass Incarceration: Time for a Change in Words, Music, and Visual Art

Saturday, September 5
7:00 pm

MOCA Cleveland

MOCA Cleveland presents Ensemble Pi in a collaborative project bringing together music, poetry, and visual art to explore the pressing issue of incarceration. The event combines original poetry written by incarcerated women and performed by Daniel Gray-Kontar from Twelve Literary Arts with a newly commissioned work by Allison Loggins-Hull and timeless masterpieces from Frederic Rzewski’s “Attica” and Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” 

 

Reparations NOW!

Fall 2020

The Center at West Park

We are excited to announce a residency at The Center at West Park in New York City. It will consists of a new project featuring three commissions.

Reparations NOW! Is inspired by Ta Nehisi Coates’ congressional testimony and Ibram X. Kendi’s book How to be an Antiracist, both of which offer powerful and compelling arguments in support of reparations. For this concert, we have commissioned all new works by a diverse group of exceptional composers: Courtney Bryan, Angelica Negron, Allison Loggins-Hull, Jessie Montgomery, and Trevor Weston.

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.