Raven Chacon, Natalie Diaz and thingNY
Forró in the Dark*
Mwenso & the Shakes
Curated in Collaboration with Trinity Church Wall Street
Programming Consultant Annie Ohayon
Directed by Sarah Benson
Tickets for our Refuge concert series are Pay-What-You-Wish, ranging from $15 to $120 per ticket.
REFUGE – a place or a feeling of safety, comfort, community, and regrowth.
Musicians from around the country and around the world have found refuge in New York, a city with a rich musical history, diverse cultural influences, and endless opportunities for collaboration and growth. Our first Refuge concert features a World Premiere commission by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Raven Chacon and brings together extraordinary artists from Shanghai, West Africa, Tunisia, Brazil, Jamaica, France, Arizona and Minneapolis, who have all found their artistic home in New York.
*Forró in the Dark performs on the Vartan and Clare Gregorian Lobby Stage following the evening’s concert. Priority given to NYC Tapestry: Home as Refuge ticket holders.
Photo of Angélique Kidjo by Fabrice Mabillot.
Please note: This production includes smoke/haze throughout the performance.
Laurie Anderson is a writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist who has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, experimental music, and technology. Her recording career, launched by “O Superman” (1981) includes the soundtrack to her feature films Home of the Brave (1986) and Life on a String (2001).
Raven Chacon is a Pulitzer Prize–winning composer, performer, and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, and a member of Postcommodity from 2009 to 2018, Chacon has exhibited, performed, or had works performed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; REDCAT, Los Angeles; Vancouver Art Gallery; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Borealis Festival, Seattle; SITE Santa Fe; Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; Ende Tymes Festival, New York; The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.; Whitney Biennial, New York; documenta 14, Athens and Kassel; Carnegie International, and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community.
Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian-American singer-songwriter, composer, performer, and producer whose music has crossed time, countries, and continents.
In 2008 she fled Tunis after her music was banned in Tunisia and she was prevented from performing in the country. With creative freedom in Paris, she pursued writing and perfecting her protest songs, mainly voice, guitar, North African percussion, and cello, later adding electronic textures which made the body of her first studio album, Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free).
Forró in the Dark
One of the most exciting bands to come out of the wild late-night scene in the East Village of New York City, Forró in the Dark combines the driving dance rhythms of forró from Northeastern Brazil with a melting pot of rock, jazz, reggae, psychedelia, folk and more.
Wang Guowei is a performer on the Chinese two-string fiddle erhu and a composer. He studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and was concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra. Becoming Artistic Director of Music From China in 1996, he has been hailed as a “master of the erhu” by the American press.
thingNY is a collective of composer-performers who fuse electronic and acoustic chamber music with new opera, improvisation, theater, text, song and installation. Founded in 2006, thingNY performs experimental works created by the core ensemble – alejandro t. acierto, Gelsey Bell, Isabel Castellvi, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Dave Ruder, and Jeffrey Young – and by adventurous composers such as Jennifer Walshe, Robert Ashley, Rick Burkhardt, Pauline Oliveros, Joseph White, and Julius Eastman.