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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Living and Loving in the Times of Code Red | Graduating Student Recital | Zach Dixon, saxophone

Saturday, May 21   |   11:00 am 1:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. Registering for the performance is an important step to ensure the ability of contact tracing. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.


Zach Dixon (Saxophone and Voice)
Carlos Pou (Drums)
Sam Smith (Bass)
Keenan Ruffin (Guitar)
Temidayo Balogun (Saxophone and Piano)
Roy Lewis (Trumpet and Electronics)
Julia Marcus (voice)


All music in the performance was written in 2021 by Zachary Dixon (b. 1998).

A Call to Action
Living and Loving
(Scenes from the Holoscene)
1. Melted Mountains
2. Felling the Last Tree
Climate Strange/Bullsh*t
How to Blow Up a Pipeline
Seeing it Through

Program Notes

Living and Loving in the Times of Code Red is a musical project aimed at bringing attention to the impact that the climate emergency has had on those who have and will live through it. The IPCC has declared “Code Red for Humanity” as the people of Earth begin to face the havoc that man made climate change entails. The music that you will hear throughout this program is about the challenges associated with living through the climate emergency, what contributes to the problems, and encouraging everyone to make an effort to contribute to the end of the climate crisis. Only by focusing our combined efforts on ending this crisis, will we be successful in securing our own future and a better future for all humanity.


From Lawrence Kansas, Zach Dixon is a saxophonist, composer, and teacher interested in using his artistry to inform and inspire positive action. He hopes that his music can change minds, fight injustice, and educate in as many ways as possible. Zach is inspired by the musical activism of artists like Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Rage Against the Machine, Abbey Lincoln, Ornette Coleman, and many others.


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Saturday, May 21
11:00 am 1:00 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