Fear No Music concert honors Mulugeta Seraw
For The Review, Tidings
Fear No Music reflects on the first 30 years since the brutal murder of Ethiopian student Mulugeta Seraw with a multimedia performance two days prior to the anniversary of his death on the streets of southeast Portland.
This is the second installment of Fear No Music's "Justice (Just Us)" season which centers around restorative justice and forgiveness-based healing.
"The F Word: A Memorial to Mulugeta Seraw" takes place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 at The Old Church Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 to $20 in advance and $15-$25 at the door.
The concert features the world premiere of "Nightwalk," a significant multimedia chamber work by Portland-born, Egyptian-American composer Ryan Francis, known for his "elegant waves of auditory bliss" and "aggressively original musical language that uses nuance, precision and stylistic variance to create music that is at once lush, probing and inventive."
Comprising one-half of the program, "Nightwalk" takes the audience on a filmed walk from SE 31st and Pine (the site of Seraw's murder) to the doors of The Old Church, reinforcing the proximity within which we all live to ongoing divisions within the community.
Performed live by the Fear No Music ensemble, the score includes flute, clarinet, string quartet, piano and percussion.
The program compliment to "Nightwalk" is David Bruce's modern epic "Gumboots" for clarinet and string quartet, featuring one of Fear No Music's two new members, James Shields. This piece is "a moving work of great beauty and vitality that conveys a sense of journey."
The concert takes place in conjunction with a display of "The F Word" exhibit, a touring exhibit from The Forgiveness Project, a UK-based organization that uses storytelling to promote personal and community healing and restorative justice.
The exhibit draws together voices from South Africa, America, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland and England.
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