MC Cultural Arts Center hosts American Patchwork Quartet for a free concert 9/30
September 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
Join the four distinct voices of APQ as they breathe new life into centuries-old American songs. Vocalist Falu Shah, guitarist and vocalist Clay Ross, drummer Clarence Penn, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura reimagine traditional American folk songs through the lens of four U.S. citizens with different cultural backgrounds, highlighting patterns and sparking conversations around race and immigration. APQ is musical storytelling at its finest, compelling audiences to reflect on the ways in which we are all different and the ways in which we are the same, regardless of borders, cultures, or colors.
In concert, APQ performs 75 – 90 minutes of music. The group draws on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight America’s immigrant roots and showcase its dynamic present by combining the diverse talents of four U.S. citizens, each with a unique cultural background. In this group, songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each member.
APQ performances strive to counter pervasive prejudices around the issues of race and immigration. In order to help strengthen our country’s social fabric, APQ desires that its audiences reflect on the notion that as Americans we must acknowledge our differences to discover our commonalities. We must recognize the realities of racism and prejudice in order to build authentic and lasting bonds across cultures and color lines. While we are not responsible for our country’s past, we are accountable for its future.
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