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Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet
Fanm d’Ayiti

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Special support for this performance is provided by the Applied Materials Foundation.

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Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet, and electronics created by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim.  Fanm d’Ayiti celebrates some of Haiti’s most iconic female artists and explores Joachim’s Haitian heritage.  Singing in kreyòl (Haitian Creole), Joachim weaves her own luminous voice with those of her grandmother, a girls choir from her family’s hometown, and interviews with activist women performers who fought for social justice in the world’s first free Black republic. Folk songs blend seamlessly with chamber strings and electronic soundscapes in Joachim’s deft—and highly personal—musical journey.

“I hope that everybody experiences the deep sense of love and respect that I have for this ancestry, this lineage, and these women who have come before me. I hope that people will see that this is such a deep part of who I am. More than anything, I want to be able to honor these women by making this music." — Nathalie Joachim

Spektral Quartet – Clara Lyon, violin; Theo Espy, violin; Dolye Armbrust, viola; Russell Rolen, cello – is known for creating seamless connections across centuries, drawing in the listener with charismatic deliveries, interactive concert formats, an up-close atmosphere, and bold, inquisitive programming.

Friday, April 22
Immediately following the performance.
Bates Recital Hall
For Ticket-holders Only
Stay after the performance for a discussion and audience Q&A with some of the performers.

No more joyous chamber-music collection has arrived this year than Fanm d’Ayiti.

The New Yorker

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