The Artists of i/we

i/we brings together an international cast of world-class musicians and artists. Some are making their Austin-debut, while others are local talents, cherished the world over. We are so grateful for their commitment to this project, and for the unique artistry each one is contributing.

Grammy-winning Conspirare’s Craig Hella Johnson lends us his voice as both singer and narrator. He’s chosen the poetry that he’ll recite throughout the concert, as well as the very first thing we’ll hear: a stirring folk song from Norway called I Sing of Your Mercies.

Two spectacular touring and recording artists, Sweden’s Håkan Rosengren (clarinet) and French cellist Louis-Marie Fardet of the Houston Symphony, will join us for the very first time. After her stunning performance in last year’s summer series, New York-based violin virtuoso Jennifer Choi returns to share her prodigious talent. We also have two members of the acclaimed Texas Guitar Quartet—and former Austinites—Isaac Bustos and Alejandro Montiel.

Sometimes I fear that we lose sight of the human aspect of being a refugee. i/we gives a voice to people with diverse and often traumatic life experiences, and shines a light on what they have went through.” – Isaac Bustos

 

This project resonates strongly with Isaac, who was born in Nicaragua and came to the U.S. as a refugee at age 13. He told us, “i/we humanizes the refugee experience through music. I know what it’s like to have your entire life in limbo. As a child, being treated differently because of my refugee status was difficult. Sometimes I fear that we lose sight of the human aspect of being a refugee. i/we gives a voice to people with diverse and often traumatic life experiences, and shines a light on what they have went through.”

The music of i/we will begin at 8 p.m., but the lobby opens at 6:30 for an atrium exhibit that will include music boxes and paintings created by visual artist Yuliya Lanina. There will also be a selection of poems written by members of the Austin community, as well as a display of stories and quotes from the refugees interviewed for this project. Wine, beer, and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

In expressing her enthusiasm for this project, Yuliya Lanina told us, “I came as a refugee from Russia in 1990, fleeing anti-Semitism and constant threats. The U.S. welcomed me and my family, and we were given the freedom to build our lives, without being punished for who we are. I believe in the power of projects like i/we…because music and art have a way to communicate with people that transcends language and borders.”

Six months in the making, with many lifetimes of influences, we can’t wait to share i/we with you.

Purchase tickets here, or call us at 512-300-2247.