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Moon Songs: Black Moon Trio

September 29, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Portrait of three musicians.
Black Moon Trio photo by SnoStudios Photography.

In recognition of sculptor Ruth Duckworth’s reverence for the natural world, Black Moon Trio, in collaboration with New York Times Best-Selling author and Chicago poet Michael Tyler, present their performance program, Sow the Seeds.

This concert experience actively addresses subjects of wellness and community through music, poetry, and nature guided by selections from Tyler’s Sow the Seeds: A Composition in Verse. Each poem plows the surface of daily living, to plant and nurture the meditations that yield our understanding of life and features musical works inspired by local green spaces. Throughout the performance, audiences are encouraged to converse, journal, and reflect on the ways they treat their neighbors and themselves.

FREE, but space is limited. Please register in advance.

The Chicago-based Black Moon Trio was founded in 2022 by Parker Nelson, Jeremy Vigil, and Khelsey Zarraga. Harnessing the experience from years of professional chamber music performance, music-making in social service settings, facilitating workshops at universities, developing curriculum for youth in schools, and leading community development through music, Black Moon Trio is excited to provide a classical music experience that resonates far beyond the vibrations of a final chord. By engaging with diverse audiences, youth, and artists of every type, Black Moon Trio works to prove that classical music is for everyone.

Inspired by an anecdote about Ruth Duckworth and a friend climbing to the roof of her studio in a former pickle factory to sing a song to the full moon, the Smart Museum of Art Moon Song series invites Chicago-based musicians and poets to reflect on the interconnectivity of life through performances around the time of the full moon. Additional programs include:

Angel Bat Dawid – A Geomorphological Afro-Sonic Score of the Works of Ruth Duckworth | Saturday, October 28, 6 pm

Kevin Coval – The natural world: Reflections on Halsted | Sunday, November 26, 3 pm



Friday, September 29, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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