Blues to Green (Springfield, MA) and Next Stage Arts (Putney, VT) are proud to present The New Immigrant Experience, the remarkable eighth release by renowned composer Felipe Salles, is a powerful multimedia work inspired by the lives of “Dreamers,” the almost seven hundred thousand individuals currently protected by DACA. The performance will be preceded by an investigative panel discussion to ground us in the work’s sociopolitical context.
Written by Salles –who emigrated from Brazil to the United States in 1995 – and developed with the aid of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the work uses speech cadences and melodic motifs based on key words as its main source of musical material. The compelling and personal stories it tells were collected through interviews Salles conducted with a group of nine Dreamers during the summer of 2018.
It’s an emotional musical journey through beautiful orchestral textures, carefully developed motifs, and intense solo features, that combine the power of a big band recording and the dramatic landscape of a soundtrack.
This program is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies. Additional support for this performance provided by the Mass Cultural Council.
Felipe Salles and the Interconnections Ensemble take the stage at the historic Academy of Music Theatre for a live-streamed performance of the New Immigrant Experience. Performed by his 19-piece ensemble, this multimedia composition for jazz orchestra is inspired by the lives of Dreamers, whose stories are woven throughout.
Participate in a panel discussion with composer Felipe Salles and activist Dreamers featured in the project video, including the first Dreamer Tereza Lee, Diana Sanchez of the Yonkers Sanctuary Movement, Hector Matinez of Seed Project and Movimiento Cosecha, and Joana Costa among others. This discussion will provide context for the performance by explaining the current situation of undocumented immigrants, DACA, possible paths forward, and other immigration topics. Audience members will be invited to ask questions.
The bundle includes access to both live events as well as extended access to watch on-demand for two weeks following the performance.