Mazumal is a duo committed to innovative music that promotes inclusivity and engages with social issues, such as race, feminism, inequality, and sustainability. Stemming from a shared passion for advocacy and backgrounds in classical music, vocalist Felicia Chen and cellist Olivia J. P. Harris created Mazumal to explore new music that more accurately reflects the diversity of the times and world in which we live. Drawing from their collective experience as minorities in America, Mazumal practices a socially aware approach to programming, through commissions and interpretations of new works, collaborations with people of color, women, and LGBTQIA artists, as well as a bold approach to new music, improvisational styles, and experimental sound art.
Mazumal 2018 Debut
Mazumal’s debut season features the premieres of seven newly commissioned works by Kaley Lane Eaton, Jen Wang, Bahar Royaee, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Lisa Atkinson, Katherine Pukinskis, and Andrew Harlan. In an effort to champion diversity in the arts, most of the commissioned composers for this program are women and/or people of color, as well as the poets whose texts are being set: Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni, Forough Farrokhzad, Ha Jin, and more. The poems, chosen in collaboration with the composers, directly address relevant social topics such as female empowerment, Black Lives Matter, and standing up to oppressive policies and regimes.
November 7, 2018: Mazumal presents a panel discussion on diversity & inclusion in contemporary music, followed by a performance of new commissions.
November 29, 2018: Composition masterclass & workshop at CUNY Hunter College in NYC
April 10-11, 2018: Residency at The Hartt School, University of Hartford
April 21, 2018: Performance at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), UC Berkeley
May 19 - June 2, 2018: Ensemble Fellows of the Cortona Sessions Contemporary Chamber Music Initiative
October 14, 2018: Performance at Boston Sculptors Gallery - Second Sunday Concert Series
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