Traces (MAP 2018)


Photo by Robert Torres



Traces is a collaborative performance project commissioned by Community MusicWorks (CMW), tracing the sonic memory of a place: an empty lot in the West End of Providence that will be the future home of Community MusicWorks. The work will be created by composer/public artist Shaw Pong Liu in collaboration with MusicWorks Collective (CMW’s professional resident ensemble), public historian/curator Micah Salkind, and CMW students and families (who are predominantly Latino and African-American). It will mix live string performance by the MusicWorks Collective and CMW advanced students, recordings of songs and stories shared by CMW’s culturally diverse West End/South Side families, found sounds from the neighborhood, and audience participation.

 The project will premiere in fall 2019 in three parts: an immersive site-specific performance on the site itself, a concert version of the project performed in a nearby concert venue, and a sound installation which will remain on the site for a three-month period following the premiere.


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Shaw Pong Liu