Music Style: Diaspora Festival
Remembering takes audiences on a captivating journey as Aristides and Meena reconnect with the folk and pop songs that held a special place in their heart during their youth in their native Venezuela and Japan. The performance transitions seamlessly from these nostalgic tunes to classical music repertoire as Aristides and Meena invite the audience to explore the power of music and storytelling by sharing their own journey of immigration, parenthood, and reconnecting with their identities.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Aristides Rivas Bio
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 serves as a cello faculty at California Baptist University. For more information, visit www.aristidesrivas.com
Meena Malik Bio
Meena Malik is a musician, arts consultant, mediator and coach, who is known as a mover and shaker re-defining what conversations around equity in the arts look like. As an artist, Meena has performed with Opera Providence, MassOpera, Boston Opera Collaborative, New England Orchestra among others. 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. With Voci Angelica, Meena toured to the USA’s East Coast, Midwest and Southern regions, Canada, Japan, and South Korea. An alumna of the artEquity National Facilitator Training, a member of the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute Facilitation Cohort and a Senior Associate at The Aspire Group, Meena is actively engaged in a national community of practice for anti-oppression work in the arts. For more information, visit www.meenamalik.com