Jazz saxophone player par excellence Stan Strickland and Galician bagpiper, pianist, writer and educator Cristina Pato dialogue on how to cultivate our relationship to the present moment and the abundant joy that it can release. Stan will demonstrate how breathing into the heart, making some noise, and activating and allowing unfolds in his music. Cristina will share excerpts of “My Lethe Story: The River of Forgetfulness,” a storytelling- chamber music piece commissioned by Silkroad and premiered at Harvard University. The piece combines Cristina’s passion for neuroscience and the personal story of her mother’s memory loss, requiring her to remain in the moment in order to connect with her mother.
Singer, saxophonist, flutist, actor, Stan Strickland has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand and the Caribbean. . He has performed with the Boston Pops, the Village People, Aretha Franklin, and jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Mann, and opened for Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and The Bare Naked Ladies. Stan is an associate professor of voice at Berklee College of Music and executive co-director of Express Yourself, a multi-cultural arts agency that serves mentally ill youth through the Department of Mental Health.His one-man show Coming Up For Air, An Auto-Jazzography received the prestigious Eliot Norton Award in theatre for best solo performance.
Cristina Pato is a Galician bagpiper (gaita), a classical pianist, a writer and a passionate educator. Hailed as “a virtuosic burst of energy” by The New York Times, her professional life is devoted to teaching and performance that explores the role of the arts and sciences in society. In additional to her work as a performing and recording musician, Cristina serves as Learning Advisor for Silkroad, the organization founded by Yo-Yo Ma, and has been artist-in-residence at universities including Harvard and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she co-created a groundbreaking class on memory with neuroscientist Kenneth S. Kosik and artist Kim Yasuda. Cristina also is the founder of the multidisciplinary Galician Connection Festival, writes a weekly column for the Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia, and was the 2019-20 Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization at the King Juan Carlos I Center at New York University. Cristina holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University, degrees in piano, music theory, and chamber music from the Conservatorio de Musica del Liceu, and a Master of Digital Arts from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Cristina divides her time between New York City and Galicia and is married to photographer Xan Padrón.
Dr. Lisa Wong is a musician, arts education advocate, and pediatrician at Milton Pediatric Associates, who participates frequently in national and international conferences on interdisciplinary learning through the arts. A graduate of Harvard University and NYU School of Medicine, she is an assistant professor of pediatrics and associate co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School. She teaches a seminar on the role of music in education and health at Harvard College. Dr Wong joined the violin section of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in 1984. While LSO's President for over twenty years, she helped create LSO's signature “Healing Art of Music Program” which has benefited over 50 Boston-area medical nonprofits in Boston. She is a co-founder of Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH) and currently serves on the boards of Conservatory Lab Charter School, New England Foundation for the Arts, and A Far Cry ensemble. She is an advisor to music and health institutes at Berklee College of Music and Lesley University. Dr. Wong is the recipient of an honorary degree in education from Wheelock College in 2016 and a Change Maker Award from the Institute of Nonprofit Management in 2020. Her book Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who practice the healing arts of Music and Medicine was published in 2012.
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