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The Multifaceted Career | Meena Malik and Aristides Rivas

Tuesday, March 5, 2024   |   12:00 pm 1:00 pm


Aristides Rivas: Cellist, Educator, Storyteller
Meena Malik: Musician, Arts Consultant, Conflict Mediator

Longy School of Music of Bard College is proud to present The Multifaceted Career Speaker Series which broadens personal narratives around success and inspires us to create our own diverse and multifaceted careers. Join the conversation with a musician who defines their vision of success and forges their own paths along the way. Explore the different ways these artists have connected their various passions to build their own careers. This series is offered as part of Longy’s Career Coaching Program. All speaking events are free and open to the public.

Longy students are welcome to join in person or via Zoom. Members of the public are encourage to participate via Zoom.

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Aristides Rivas
A unique mix of talents, Grammy nominated cellist Aristides Rivas embodies a rich culture from South America and combines it with a Western European repertoire to delight audiences. The exquisite balance of sounds, storytelling, and sometimes flavors, invites you to a new experience of live concerts. Rivas’ multi-style career has brought him to share the stage with world renown artists such as Latin jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera, Yo-Yo Ma, and jazz virtuosic guitarist Julian Lage. He has performed at a wide range of international music venues and festivals such as Caramoor Music Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Newport and Montreal Jazz Festivals, the Barbican in England, Sejong Center in South Korea, and Teatro Colon in Argentina, among many others. Rivas is a cello faculty at California Baptist University. For more information, visit www.aristidesrivas.com

Meena Malik
Meena Malik (she/her) is a musician, arts consultant, conflict mediator and coach. The founder of Magpie Cultural Strategies, Meena is actively engaged in a national community of practice for anti-oppression work in the arts. She is an alumna of the artEquity Facilitator Training, a member of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute Facilitation Cohort and a Senior Associate of The Aspire Group. Meena organized and led “Beyond Orientalism: The Boston Forum” and is a co-founder and steering committee member of Boston’s first API (Asian Pacific Islander) Arts Network.

Meena has worked in the performing arts community as facilitator, grant panelist, educator, speaker, mediator, coach and consultant with organizations such as Network of Ensemble Theaters, MAP Fund, The Boston Foundation, City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles, and many others.

Meena has a multifaceted performing career spanning many genres. She was a founding member and performer with Voci Angelica Trio, an international band that created a musical fusion of world folk and classical music, for 14 years. Meena has toured to the USA’s East Coast, Midwest and Southern regions, Canada, Japan, and South Korea.

Meena is a member of Women of Color in the Arts and the Network for Arts Administrators of Color, and has served as a mentor in NAAC’s Mentorship Program. She is currently participating in the Intercultural Leadership Institute as a fellow. Meena holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory and a Masters in Arts Administration from Boston University.


Tuesday, March 5, 2024
12:00 pm 1:00 pm
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Thanks to our partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and their “Card to Culture” program, Longy School of Music of Bard College can offer free tickets to many of our diverse and innovative performance offerings. See the full list of participating “Card to Culture” organizations offering EBT, WIC, and ConnectorCare discounts.