Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 7:30 PM Concert

Sunday, May 16, 2021 | 7:30 PM Concert

SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2021
Watch directly from this page. | Concert starts at 7:30PM (PDT)
ZOOM ARTIST TALK | Artist Talk starts at 8:30PM (PDT)

featuring:
Jonathan Lo, cello
Dálava (Julia Ulehla, voice & Aram Bajakian, electric guitar)
Mark Takeshi McGregor, flute

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“Listening together to me means bringing people of all different cultures and backgrounds together who share a love and interest in music, no matter where or what circumstances we find ourselves in.”

Jonathan Lo Cello

Invite Jonathan Lo‘s cello performances to fill your room as he effortlessly masters Benjamin Britten‘s “Ciaccona” and Giuseppe Colombi‘s “Chiaccona a Basso solo”. Next, Dálava (Julia Ulehla and Aram Bajakian) breathes new life into Moravian folk song. And to close the festival, Mark Takeshi McGregor plays Marin Marais’ “Folies d’Espagne.”

Listening. Together. has received generous support from:
SoundON, Creative BC, and the Province of British Columbia, Grossman & Stanley Business Lawyers, and Karen Gelmon and Peter Busby
…and, donors like you!

 

programme

Giuseppe Colombi
Chiaccona a Basso solo
Performed by Jonathan Lo

Benjamin Britten
Ciaccona. Allegro from Cello Suite No. 2
Performed by Jonathan Lo

Dálava
Byla jedna děvečka  (The little falcon and the girl)
Hory hučá, búrijú sa nebesa  (The mountains roar)
A swallow was flying
Letěl, letěl roj  (Swarm)
Co ste si mamičko za dům stavjatdali  (Iron bars, iron lock)
Performed by Dálava (Julia Ulehla & Aram Bajakian)

Marin Marais
Folies d’Espagne
Performed by Mark Takeshi McGregor

What artists are saying about listening together:

“Listening together” to me means bringing people of all different cultures and backgrounds together who share a love and interest in music, no matter where or what circumstances we find ourselves in. (Jonathan Lo, cello)

When we play, we listen together. As soon as we walk into the room we’re going to perform in, we listen to the space. Is it a cold space or a warm space? Is it a heavy space or a space where things move, a fluid space? We listen to the people in the room…their words but even more, their spirit and energy. We listen to the neighborhood and the weather. As we begin to play, all these things become alive, and we start to listen more deeply to each other. To the little space between musical phrases. To the breathing. To the squeak of the guitar strings. To the space between bodies. To the dark places inside bodies. Other things begin to fall away, and eventually we realize that what we are listening to most deeply, and what we are all a part of, is the silence. (Dalavá, voice and electric guitar)

When performing live, an artist is likely to take risks that they might not consider when, say, a camera and microphone are rolling in front of them — there’s a temptation to be cautious when you know your performance will end up on the internet for all to see and judge. But this past year, as most of our performances move online, I’ve been inspired by how musicians around the world continue to take those musical risks, continue to be vulnerable, even while the cameras are rolling. As a result, how I listen has changed this year: I’m wanting that risk-taking, vulnerability, and humanity more than ever, knowing that these things will often come at the expense of a “perfect performance””. (Mark Takeshi McGregor, flute)