Regina Carter in Boston

Yesterday was another wonderful musical performance here in Massachusetts, this time the jazz violinist Regina Carter. The show was held at Artist’s for Humanity in South Boston. Carter and her 5-piece band held the audience’s rapt attention with their music, but also their poetic interludes about housing, gentrification, and displacement of Black/Brown communities from American cities. Carter, age 55, was born in Detroit where she … Continue reading Regina Carter in Boston

An Evening with Itzhak Perlman

Yesterday began with a 5K around Jamaica Pond and then a trip to the Hale Reservation to watch a trail race. It was beautiful spring weather. But then it started to rain, just as I got in the car to go to Worcester. No matter. Aided by the klezmer album “In the Fiddler’s House,” I arrived well before the night’s performance, An Evening with Itzhak … Continue reading An Evening with Itzhak Perlman

Naledi Masilo in Dorchester

Last night I attended a delightful concert in Dorchester by the jazz singer Naledi Masilo. She is originally from Johannesburg and sang in English, Shona, and, I believe, isiZulu and Sesotho. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, she was backed up on piano by Kevin Harris and on saxophone/flute by Shahar Amdor. It was a powerful show, from a mournful/ wailing introduction … Continue reading Naledi Masilo in Dorchester

Two top fiddlers coming to Massachusetts

We are lucky here in Boston, because there are two top violinists coming to Massachusetts the weekend of March 26-27. I am thrilled to have a ticket to see classical virtuoso Itzhak Perlman in Worchester on the evening of March 26. I am also planning to attend the jazz superstar Regina Carter concert in Boston on March 27. Hope to see you there! These two … Continue reading Two top fiddlers coming to Massachusetts

Is Venezuela’s El Sistema the answer?

Right next door to Upham’s Corner Health Center, where I take care of patients, is the Conservatory Lab Charter School (CLCS). This is a K-8 school which endeavors to empower children through a unique and rigorous academic and music education. Conservatory Lab teachers believe in the power of music to transform the lives of students and families. Central to their curriculum is El Sistema, founded in … Continue reading Is Venezuela’s El Sistema the answer?

SanDance film Sunday at 2 PM EST

In partnership with Global Arts Live, “SanDance!,” an independent documentary film about the age-old dance culture of Africa’s San (Bushman) First Peoples, will stream live on Facebook and YouTube on Sunday, Feb. 6 at 2 p.m EST. After the live broadcast, which will include a Q&A with filmmaker Richard Wicksteed, the film and conversation will be streamable on the same platforms beginning Feb. 8. “We made … Continue reading SanDance film Sunday at 2 PM EST

The Myth of Mental Illness

Earlier today, I sat in the fifth row at Boston’s Symphony Hall, next to my seventy-one year old mother, and we watched and listened as the Me/2 Orchestra performed selections by Berlioz, Elgar, Rossini, Grieg, Beethoven, and Milad Yousufi, a young Afghan composer. It was an inspirational, yet odd experience to be in the audience, because I have been an active member of the Me/2 … Continue reading The Myth of Mental Illness