2022 Grammy-winner Jennifer Koh to premier new work at UCSB

by Graduate Division Staff
Tuesday, April 05, 2022 10:50 AM

Violinist Jennifer Koh and bass-baritone Davóne Tines, are the co-creators of Everything Rises, a new work commissioned by UCSB Arts & Lectures that has its World Premiere Performance Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall.

The event is free to UCSB Students, Faculty and Staff.

When these critically-acclaimed musicians Jennifer Koh and Davóne Tines’s paths crossed, they saw in each other an ally struggling with the same issue: being an artist of color in a culture dominated by whiteness. Their new work - Everything Rises - is both a record and artistic product of that mutual encounter. Their collective exploration leads them to their family histories, sharing stories of Jennifer’s mother's experiences of the Korean War and immigration to the U.S., as well as Davóne’s grandmother's memories of anti-Black discrimination and violence. It asks what it would take for all this grief, frustration, and anger to finally be heard. In the multiple years that Everything Rises has been in development, there has been a new surge of activism against racist violence targeting Black and Asian Americans. Inspired by the recent outpouring of support and solidarity across racial identities, the piece proposes a united front through music.

Arts & Lectures invites our campus community to the world premiere of this brand new 1-hour musico-theatrical multimedia collaboration between socially engaged artists of color.

Everything Rises was created by an all-BIPOC creative team and features music, projections and recorded interviews that center on the need for artists of color to be seen and heard through connection and the creation of a new artistic space.

Register: https://artsandlectures.ucsb.edu/Details.aspx?PerfNum=4733

Proof of full vaccination (including booster, if eligible), is required for all indoor events

Stay after the performance for a Q&A with the artists.

Congratulations to Jennifer Koh, who took home the 2022 Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo with Alone Together, an album based on a project of the same name. The project, called "a marvel for a time of crisis" by The New York Times, was created in response to the pandemic and the financial hardship it has placed on so many in the arts community.