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In Memory of Muhiyidin D’baha

Friday, October 11, 2018
7:30 p.m.


“Today, the level of despair, frustration and anger caused by systemic racism and police brutality, documented by graphic videos of witnesses, is beyond any verbal expression. Ensemble Pi strongly believes in the need for a more just society. With this concert, it wishes to mourn the dead and celebrate the living by presenting the work of living composers from Black and Brown communities, who have responded musically to this painful situation.”

— Artistic Director and pianist Idith Meshulam


The Life and Mission of Muhiyidin D’baha, a movie by Elana Meyers with live percussion by KCox.

Courtney Bryan
Elegy Ensemble Pi commission (2018)
Alexis Gerlach, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Idith Meshulam, piano; Airi Yoshioka, violin

Alvin Singleton
Jasper Drag (2000)
Moran Katz, clarinet; Idith Meshulam, piano; Airi Yoshioka, violin

Amiri Baraka
Why Is We Americans
Read by Jabari Brisport

Courtney Bryan
Etude II, Secondline for Black Love; Carnival for Unity (2003)
Idith Meshulam, piano (2016)

Jessie Montgomery
3 Pieces for Violin and Cello
Alexis Gerlach, cello; Airi Yoshioka, violin

Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me (excerpts)
Read by Jabari Brisport

Trevor Weston
Shape Shifter (2011)
Alexis Gerlach, cello



Tenri Cultural Intitute, 43 W 13th St, NYC  directions


Photo Credit: "My Hood" by Mercedes Nugent-Head