22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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Soul Food: Exploring the Black Experience through Inherited Traditions | Graduating Student Recital | Joi Harper, composer

Saturday, April 23 2022   |   3:00 pm 5:00 pm

Free – $20.00

Joi Harper is a composer, vocalist, and teaching artist based in Boston, Massachusetts. Their music focuses on exploring our world and commenting on our unique experiences. As a musician with such a diverse background, she often includes a multitude of styles and genres within her own work, prioritizing the sounds she heard growing up and exploring the vast world of music we are all a part of.

Joi’s works consist of choral music, chamber works, and song. In this work, like many of her other works she uses her music to explore concepts of heritage, culture, social experiences, and everyday life. Joi’s music has been heard nationally at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in 2019 and debuted internationally in Nairobi, Kenya. Joi has received commissions from the Chroma Collective and Castle of Our Skins organizations. They have also composed and arranged for the Nairobi Chamber Chorus, George Mason University Chorale, Transient Canvas, Longy School of Music Ensemble Uncaged, and many more. At Longy, Joi has studied with both Katherine Pukinskis and Amy Beth Kirsten. She is finishing a Master of Music degree at Longy School of Music of Bard College (Music Composition), where she was awarded the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship.

Joi’s unique introduction into the field of composition inspires her to think of new ways to include more creators in the field, predominantly minority and female composers. As a multi-instrumentalist growing up, Joi was regularly surrounded by all different kinds of music and several different kinds of composers. She feels that it is important to recognize that composers exist in all genres and can often blur the lines between genres. In doing so throughout her own writing, performing, and teaching she encourages genre inclusivity and exploring music beyond one’s own comfort zone. She continues to find new ways to incorporate social justice into her work and life. Joi looks forward to finding new ways to accomplish this goal and awaits what lies ahead. Learn more at joiharper.com

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Saturday, April 23 2022
3:00 pm 5:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States