Soundwaves invited the tuba and percussion duo Judicanti Responsura to perform in February. In commemoration of Black History Month, they presented a program entitled “Beyond Congo Square: The Month of Our People,” which included percussionist Joseph Mitchell‘s “Birmingham Sunday (September 15, 1963),” a setting of Langston Hughes’ elegy for the four girls killed in an act of race terror during the height of the Civil Rights movement, and tuba player William Roper‘s “Darkest Night – Balthazar Joins the Sacred Company,” which incorporates live performance and a recorded soundscape, imagining the evening the dark-skinned King Balthazar, bearing gifts, follows a star.
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Soundwaves launched with an evening devoted to solo piano music from the Venice-based Cold Blue Music label, whose catalog appears on DRAM. Michael Jon Fink, Aron Kallay, and Jim Fox took turns on the SMPL Steinway, playing music by Fink, Fox, Peter Garland, Michael Byron, and Daniel Lentz, who was also in attendance and introduced his piece.