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The Center at West Park presents ENSEMBLE PI: RADICAL KINSHIP

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2022
7 PM-9 PM

Live & Streamed Concert

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A concert addressing systemic poverty and over-criminalization, including narratives told by (ex-) incarcerated people

Premieres by Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Ralph Mendoza & rapper AJ Peoples, Damian Norfleet & dancer/puppeteer Maura Gahan, and Gregg Welcher

Works by Frederic Rzewski and Olivier Messiaen

 

165 W 86th St, New York City 10024

Followed by a Q&A with Father Greg Boyle and the artists

Tickets: $20 general | $15 students & seniors

A portion of the box office will be given to Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice.

 

If kinship was our goal, we would no longer be promoting justice. We would be celebrating it. Because here is the truth:

No kinship, no justice. No kinship, no equality.

– Father Greg Boyle

Clockwise (from top left): Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Damian Norfleet, Maura Gahan, Gregg Welcher, Ralph Mendoza, AJ Peoples.

Radical Kinship is Ensemble Pi’s new concert project, inspired by the work of global champion of social justice, Father Greg Boyle, and his belief in the power of radical kinship to heal society’s inequalities. For Boyle (founder of the LA-based Homeboy Industries, one of the most successful rehabilitation and re-entry programs for gang members in the country), the solution to an unfair criminal justice system begins with the recognition that we belong to each other, and the necessity to give voice to marginalized people. In the spirit of Boyle’s radical kinship, the ensemble has commissioned a diverse group of composers – Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Ralph Mendoza and rapper AJ Peoples, and Gregg Welcher – to compose works addressing systemic poverty and over-criminalization with narratives told by (ex-) incarcerated people and other oppressed populations. The evening also includes vocalist Damian Norfleet and dancer Maura Gahan performing an improvised piece on prisons’ sociological structures, and former incarcerated people, Charles Grosso and Alberto Duque, narrating their own stories live with music accompaniment. The concert will cap with a Q&A featuring Father Greg Boyle and the artists.

A socially conscious new-music collective, Ensemble Pi has been commissioning living composers to create works addressing the issue of mass incarceration and the emotional toil it takes on inmates and society at large since 2015, and Black Lives Matter and systemic racism since 2016. The 2022 concert is presented by The Center at West Park (NYC), with support from Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice (Hartford, CT) – an organization working on ending mass criminalization, mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

PROGRAM

Orlando Jacinto Garcia: impulso/momentum (2022, Premiere) Baritone voice, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, and text by Garcia 

Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time (selected movements) (1941) Clarinet, violin, cello, piano

Frederic Rzewski: Attica (Part II) (1972) Voice, chamber ensemble

Gregg Welcher: Set of variations on the prison work song “Early in the Mornin’” (2022, Premiere)
Tape, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion

Ralph Mendoza & rapper AJ Peoples: A Different Way (2022, Premiere)
Text from AJ Peoples and Quntos KunQuest’s novel, This Life (2021)  Voice (rapper), cello, violin

Maura Gahan & Damian Norfleet: Isolated Triptych (2022, Premiere)
An improvised piece for movement, puppetry, and voice

Charles Grosso: Resuscitation & Alberto Duque: I Had No Air
Stories by former incarcerated people, narrated live with music improvisation

Performers:

Moran Katz, clarinet; Alexis Gerlach, cello; Airi Yoshioka, violin; Victor Caccese, percussion; Idith Korman, piano; Damian Norfleet, voice; AJ Peoples, voice; Eduardo Leandro, conductor; Maura Gahan, dancer/puppeteer; Charles Grosso, narrator; Alberto Duque, narrator

This concert was made possible in part by public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, and the Fund for Creative Communities supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, as well as through the generous support of The Alice M. Ditson Fund, and individual donors, with support from Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice.

FULL PROGRAM NOTES