Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) Festival: Duo World Premieres & Conversations

This event takes place on ZOOM. You must RSVP to receive ZOOM link. 

Join us in experiencing six world premieres born from the new initiative Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³), a revolutionary model of mentorship created in March and launched in June 2020 at the height of the pandemic. Hosted by M³ Editor-in-Chief Jordannah Elizabeth, each premiere will be followed by a Q&A with the audience about its creative process.

Part One: June 12, 2021, 2:00 p.m. ET

Part Two: June 13, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Watch M³ Summer Solstice 2020 World Premieres Concert (Part 1):

4:48: Val Jeanty + Romarna Campbell – Drum Melody
17:30: Caroline Davis + Maya Keren – Among Us Is Misery Enough
36:59: Sumi Tonooka + Jen Shyu – Mother, Skin, Name, Mother

Watch M³ Summer Solstice 2020 World Premieres Concert (Part 2):

6:07: Lesley Mok  + Tomeka Reid  – but I forced to mind my vision of a sky
27:42:Sara Serpa + Erica Lindsay – Sand & Instability | Aqua
50:03:Anjna Swaminathan + Eden Girma – connections hold inherent limitations

After nearly six months working together as part of the Mutual Mentorship for Musicians (M³) initiative, the project’s inaugural group of artists reconvenes virtually for the world premieres of their new, collaborative M³ commissions on Sunday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET and Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. ET via the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Hosted by M³ Editor-in-Chief Jordannah Elizabeth, each premiere will be followed by a Q&A with the artists, who will answer questions from the audience about their creative process. The performances are streamed via Zoom and may be accessed for free with RSVP.

M³ launched in spring 2020 with 12 participating musicians: Romarna Campbell (UK), drums; Caroline Davis (New York), saxophone; Eden Girma, (US / UK), voice, multi-instrumentalist; Val Jeanty (Haiti / New York City), percussion, electronics, turntables; Maya Keren (Philadelphia), piano; Erica Lindsay (Rosendale, NY), tenor sax; Lesley Mok (New York City), drums; Tomeka Reid (Chicago / New York City), cello; Sara Serpa (Portugal / New York City), voice; Jen Shyu (New York City / East Timor), voice, multi-instrumentalist; Anjna Swaminathan (Brooklyn), violin, voice, multi-disciplinary theatre artist; and Sumi Tonooka (Philadelphia), piano.

The works to be premiered were created by pairs of the above musicians:

  • Romarna Campbell + Val Jeanty
  • Caroline Davis + Maya Keren
  • Jen Shyu + Sumi Tonooka
    (works on December 6)
  • Eden Girma + Anjna Swaminathan
  • Erica Lindsay + Sara Serpa
  • Lesley Mok + Tomeka Reid
    (works on December 12)