INAUGURAL BLOODLINES INTERWOVEN FESTIVAL

JUNE 10–16, 2024

120 Broadway
Tivoli, NY 12583

Fifteen acclaimed music artists created and composed new works and world premieres drawn from one another’s personal and historical narratives and diverse creative, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds.


THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL FESTIVAL!


Festival Artistic Director
Kaoru Watanabe


Kaoru Watanabe’s work is grounded in traditional Japanese music while imbued with contemporary jazz, improvisation, and experimental music elements. His signature skill of infusing Japanese culture with disparate styles has made him a much-in-demand collaborator working with such iconic artists as Wes Anderson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Laurie Anderson, Jason Moran, Yo-Yo Ma, Japanese National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, Eva Yerbabuena, Silkroad Ensemble, and Rhiannon Giddens. A trained jazz musician, he lived in Japan for a decade, where he became the first American to become a performer and Artistic Director of the iconic taiko drumming ensemble Kodo. Each collaboration, each note, and each interwoven bloodline deepens his understanding of the world and his place within its vast musical landscape.

Rehearsal April 2024. Photo credit: Deborah Lopez

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL


The week-long inaugural Bloodlines Interwoven Festival featured artist talks, workshops in traditional and contemporary music, evening-length concerts with world premieres by acclaimed composers, late-evening fireside music-making, and curated storytelling and discussion sessions. All were led by Festival Artistic Director Kaoru Watanabe, a renowned instrumentalist and composer, and featured a multicultural collective of world-class musicians. 

As part of this initiative, the fifteen featured artists—whose work is informed by their diverse creative, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds—completed a months-long residency at Baryshnikov Arts in Manhattan, where they shared the stories of their ancestors, artistic process, and artistic vision in multiple “Gatherings,” in order to collectively create new musical compositions that drew from the interweaving of each other’s narratives. This unique artistic process culminated in the festival. 


Featured artists: Layale Chaker (violin, voice), Mino Cinélu (various percussion, voice, guitar), Amir ElSaffar (trumpet, santur, voice, modular synthesizer), Matt Garrison (bass guitar, electronics, sound design), Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic harp), Alicia Hall Moran (mezzo-soprano), Susie Ibarra (kulintang, sarunay, drumset, other percussion), Adam O’Farrill (trumpet, electronics), Martha Redbone (voice), Jen Shyu (voice, Taiwanese moon lute, Japanese biwa, Korean gayageum), Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam, voice), Nasheet Waits (multiple percussion instruments), Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue, ryūteki, nohkan, taiko, narimono), Du Yun (voice, objects), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)


Weekend daytime artists: Damon Banks (bass), Trina Basu (violin), Sameer Gupta (tabla, drums), Abdurrahim Hakmoun (percussion and voice), Hassan Hakmoun (sintir, voice), Stephen Haynes (cornet, trumpet, flugelhorn), Amanda Krische (interdisciplinary movement), Chris Pattishall (auxiliary keyboards), Alexis Marcelo (piano), Samora Pinderhughes (voice, piano), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Adam Rudolph (percussion), and Imani Uzuri (voice)

SCHEDULE *

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Monday, June 10, 2024

6:00 PM–7:30 PM | Meet the Artists: Musical Dialogue

Featuring: Martha Redbone, Rajna Swaminathan, Kaoru Watanabe

Venue: Black Box Theater (Indoors)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

6:00 PM–7:30 PM | Meet the Artists: Musical Dialogue

Featuring: Layale Chaker, Matthew Garrison, Jen Shyu, Kaoru Watanabe

Venue: Black Box Theater (Indoors)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

6:00 PM–7:30 PM | Meet the Artists: Musical Dialogue

Featuring: Maeve Gilchrist, Alicia Hall Moran, Kaoru Watanabe, Jeffrey Zeigler

Venue: Black Box Theater (Indoors)

Thursday, June 13, 2024

6:00 PM–7:30 PM | Meet the Artists: Musical Dialogue

Featuring: Mino Cinélu, Amir ElSaffar, Susie Ibarra, Kaoru Watanabe

Venue: Black Box Theater (Indoors)

8:00 PM–9:30 PM | Members-Only Event | Barn Concert and Reception

Featuring: Layale Chaker, Maeve Gilchrist, Alicia Hall Moran,
Adam O’Farrill, Kaoru Watanabe, Jeffrey Zeigler

Venue: Barn

Friday, June 14, 2024

4:30 PM–6:00 PM | Meet the Artists: Musical Dialogue

Featuring: Adam O’Farrill, Nasheet Waits, Kaoru Watanabe, Du Yun

Venue: Black Box Theater (Indoors)

7:00 PM–8:30 PM | Interwoven Concert I

Featuring: All Artists

Venue: Black Box Theater (Indoors)
This event has been moved indoors due to expected rain.

9:00 PM–10:00 PM | Fireside Music

Featuring: Various Artists

Venue: Barn (Indoors)
This event has been moved indoors due to expected rain.

Saturday, June 15, 2024

12:00 PM–6:00 PM | Music in the Field

Featuring:

  • 12:00 PM–1:00 PM Jen Shyu (Meadow Stage)
  • 1:00 PM–2:00 PM Mino Cinélu (Black Box Theater)
  • 2:00 PM–3:00 PM Maeve Gilchrist (Barn)
  • 3:00 PM–4:00 PM Adam Rudolph Trio—with Stephen Haynes, Alexis Marcelo, and Adam Rudolph (Black Box Theater)
  • 4:00 PM–5:00 PM Hassan Hakmoun Trio—with Abdurrahim Hakmoun, Hassan Hakmoun, and Adam Rudolph (Black Box Theater)
  • 5:00 PM–6:00 PM Susie Ibarra (Meadow Stage)

6:00 PM–6:45 PM Members-Only Pre-Performance Reception

Venue: Studio Complex, Studio 2
Enjoy food and beverages between performances.

7:00 PM–8:30 PM | Interwoven Concert II

Featuring: All Artists (Mountain Stage)

Venue: Mountain Stage (Outdoors)

9:00 PM–10:00 PM | Fireside Music

Featuring: Various Artists

Venue: Fireside Performance Space (Outdoors)

Sunday, June 16, 2024

11:00 AM–2:00 PM | Music in the Field

Featuring:

  • 11:00 AM–12:00 PM Samora Pinderhughes, Amanda Krische (Black Box Theater)
  • 12:00 PM–12:30 PM Arun Ramamurthy Trio—with Damon Banks, Sameer Gupta, and Arun Ramamurthy (Black Box Theater)
  • 12:30 PM–1:30 PM Imani Uzuri (Farmhouse Performance Space, Outdoors)
  • 1:30 PM–2:00 PM Arun Ramamurthy Duo—with Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy (Meadow Stage)

3:00 PM–4:30 PM | Interwoven Concert III

Featuring: All Artists

Venue: Mountain Stage (Outdoors)

*schedule subject to change

Rehearsal April 2024. Photo Credit: Deborah Lopez

Featured Festival Artists

  • Adam O’Farrill

    Adam O’Farrill

    Adam O’Farrill has been heralded as “among the leading trumpeters in jazz—and perhaps the music’s next major improviser.”

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  • Alicia Hall Moran

    Alicia Hall Moran

    Alicia Hall Moran is an operatic mezzo-soprano and conceptual vocal artist.

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  • Amir ElSaffar

    Amir ElSaffar

    Amir ElSaffar is an Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer, described in The New York Times as “the celebrated trumpeter and composer who explores vital connections between jazz and Arabic music.”

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  • Du Yun

    Du Yun

    Du Yun, born and raised in Shanghai, China, currently based in New York City, is a composer, performer, advocator, working at the intersection of orchestral, opera, theatre, chamber music, cabaret, oral tradition, public performances, sound installation, electronics and noise. 

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  • Jeffrey Zeigler

    Jeffrey Zeigler

    Jeffrey Zeigler has been described as “fiery,” and a player who performs “with unforced simplicity and beauty of tone” by The New York Times.

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  • Jen Shyu

    Jen Shyu

    Jen Shyu is a vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, Guggenheim Fellow, USA Fellow, and Doris Duke Artist.

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  • Kaoru Watanabe

    Kaoru Watanabe

    Kaoru Watanabe’s work is grounded in traditional Japanese music while imbued with contemporary jazz, improvisation, and experimental music elements.

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  • Layale Chaker

    Layale Chaker

    Layale Chaker, composer and violinist, was raised speaking multiple languages in her native Lebanon, both linguistically and musically.

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  • Maeve Gilchrist

    Maeve Gilchrist

    Maeve Gilchrist, the Edinburgh-born harpist and composer, has been credited as an innovator on her native instrument and taken the Celtic (lever) harp to new levels of performance and visibility.

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  • Martha Redbone

    Martha Redbone

    Martha Redbone is a vocalist, songwriter, composer, and 2021 United States Artist fellow, whose music embodies the folk and mountain blues sounds

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  • Matthew Garrison

    Matthew Garrison

    Matthew Garrison, son of Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane’s bassist), has collaborated with Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, John McLaughlin, the Saturday Night Live Band, and many others.

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  • Mino Cinélu

    Mino Cinélu

    Mino Cinélu considered by many as one of the greatest and most innovative percussionists worldwide, has worked with Sting, Miles Davis, Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Peter Gabriel, Stevie Wonder, Lou Reed, Vicente Amigo, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Kate Bush, Branford Marsalis, Pino Daniele, and Salif Keita, among many others.

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  • Nasheet Waits

    Nasheet Waits

    Nasheet Waits, interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist, Frederick Waits, who played with such legendary artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and countless others.

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  • Rajna Swaminathan

    Rajna Swaminathan

    Rajna Swaminathan is an acclaimed mrudangam artist, composer, and scholar and leads the ensemble RAJAS, which has been described as “unlike any other on the scene” (The New York Times).

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  • Susie Ibarra

    Susie Ibarra

    Susie Ibarra is a Filipinx composer, percussionist, and sound artist, working to support Indigenous and traditional music cultures

    Read more…

TICKET PRICING


One-Day Ticket: Monday, June 10–Thursday, June 13, 2024

Ticket: $29 ($25 + $4 fee)

Ticket + $25 donation: $54 ($50 + $4 fee) 

One-Day Pass: Friday, June 14–Sunday, June 16, 2024

Ticket: $44 ($40 + $4 fee)

Ticket + $25 donation: $69 ($65 + $4 fee) 

Week Pass: Monday, June 10–Sunday, June 16, 2024

Ticket: $104 ($100 + $4 fee)

Ticket + $25 donation: $129 ($125 + $4 fee) 

Baryshnikov Arts does not offer refunds. Refunds are available through XCover at checkout and are unrelated to Baryshnikov Arts.

No exchanges are permitted outside of the Baryshnikov Arts Annual Membership Program.

For ticketing questions, please email boxoffice@baryshnikovarts.org

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Baryshnikov Arts has introduced tiered pricing for all performances. Audience members can choose a price at a tier that reflects their personal capacity. Tier 2 includes a donation. 

THE PREVIEW SHOWING

May 13, 2024

An insider’s look into the Bloodlines Interwoven Festival.

Video by Quinn Wharton

Order subject to change.

Thursday, June 13

8:00 PM–9:30 PM | Barn Concert

Venue: Barn (Indoors/Outdoors)

Featuring: Layale Chaker, Maeve Gilchrist, Alicia Hall Moran,
Adam O’Farrill, Kaoru Watanabe, Jeffrey Zeigler

“Converge, Reverb”
Composed by Layale Chaker

“Horses and Cattle”
Composed by Maeve Gilchrist

“Heartstrings”
Composed by Alicia Hall Moran

“Three Photos of the Ocean I”
Composed by Adam O’Farrill

“Hiyokurenri”
Composed by Kaoru Watanabe

“Seeking”
Composed by Jeffrey Zeigler

Friday, June 14

7:00 PM–8:30 PM | Bloodlines Interwoven Concert I

Venue: Black Box Theater (Indoors)
Featuring: Kaoru Watanabe (Festival Artistic Director), Layale Chaker, Mino Cinélu, Amir ElSaffar, Matt Garrison, Maeve Gilchrist, Alicia Hall Moran, Susie Ibarra, Adam O’Farrill, Martha Redbone, Jen Shyu, Rajna Swaminathan, Nasheet Waits, Du Yun, Jeffrey Zeigler

“No Boundary”
Composed by Amir ElSaffar

“ShapeShifting Bloodlines Suite”
Composed by Matthew Garrison

“Down Victoria Street” (feat the Grassmarket Reel)
Composed by Maeve Gilchrist

“Heartstrings”
Composed by Alicia Hall Moran

“Kulintang Interlocking Rhythms”
Composed by Susie Ibarra

“Three Photos of the Ocean”
Composed by Adam O’Farrill

“How Sweet I Roam’d”
Composed by Martha Redbone
Arranged by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby 

“Iki”
Composed by Kaoru Watanabe 

“No Sight of a Spring, and Yet a Garden—For a Funeral Procession, and a Celebration”
Composed by Du Yun 

“Seeking”
Composed by Jeffrey Zeigler


Saturday, June 15

7:00 PM–8:30 PM | Bloodlines Interwoven Concert II

Venue: Mountain Stage (Outdoors)
Featuring: Featuring: Kaoru Watanabe (Festival Artistic Director), Layale Chaker, Mino Cinélu, Amir ElSaffar, Matt Garrison, Maeve Gilchrist, Susie Ibarra, Adam O’Farrill, Martha Redbone, Jen Shyu, Rajna Swaminathan, Nasheet Waits, Du Yun, Jeffrey Zeigler

“L’Appel Cadence”/“Interwoven Fraterie”
Composed by Mino Cinélu

“Korea”
Composed by Nasheet Waits

“Elaf’s Eyes” (based on “Tahir’s Day”)/”I Walk Into the Fire”
Composed by Jen Shyu

“Never Not Broken”
Composed by Rajna Swaminathan 

“Three Photos of the Ocean”
Composed by Adam O’Farrill 

“No Boundary”
Composed by Amir ElSaffar

“Weaving”
Composed by Kaoru Watanabe

Sunday, June 16

3:00 PM–4:30 PM | Bloodlines Interwoven Concert III

Venue: Mountain Stage (Outdoors)
Featuring: Featuring: Kaoru Watanabe (Festival Artistic Director), Layale Chaker, Mino Cinélu, Amir ElSaffar, Matt Garrison, Maeve Gilchrist, Alicia Hall Moran, Susie Ibarra, Adam O’Farrill, Martha Redbone, Jen Shyu, Rajna Swaminathan, Nasheet Waits, Du Yun, Jeffrey Zeigler

“Bird Souls: Score for Flying”
Composed by Susie Ibarra

“Never Not Broken”  
Composed by Rajna Swaminathan

“Converge, Reverb”
Composed by Layale Chaker

“L’Appel Cadence”/“Interwoven Fraterie”
Composed by Mino Cinélu

“How Sweet I Roam’d”
Composed by Martha Redbone
Arranged by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby 

“Elaf’s Eyes” (based on “Tahir’s Day”)/”I Walk Into the Fire” 
Composed by Jen Shyu

“Down Victoria Street”
Composed by Maeve Gilchrist

“Weaving”
Composed by Kaoru Watanabe

“No Sight of a Spring, and Yet a Garden—For a Funeral Procession, and a Celebration”
Composed by Du Yun

Baryshnikov Arts Receives $2 Million from the Mellon Foundation to Support the Work of Artist Kaoru Watanabe, in the Creation of the Bloodlines Interwoven Festival

Baryshnikov Arts is pleased to announce that it has received a grant for $2 Million from the Mellon Foundation to support the first iterations of the new Bloodlines Interwoven Festival, with acclaimed composer and musician Kaoru Watanabe as Artistic Director. Taking place for one week each summer beginning in 2024, with a confirmed second run in 2025, the grant will support the work of Kaoru Watanabe and dozens of diasporic performers, scholars, and artists.

The Bloodlines Interwoven Festival has been conceived as a durational dialogue of diaspora musicians and other artists, and a sharing of all that makes up culture—language, food, religions, customs, and philosophies. Presenting a broad range of traditions as they speak to one another—and a full plate of approaches in music and other artistic disciplines, Bloodlines will seek out and embrace original and unique perspectives and concepts.

Bloodlines will be a true cross-cultural exploration via art, focusing on the multi-generational life journeys it took for each artist and attendee to get there. For more information, read the full press release here.

Baryshnikov Arts Founder and Artistic Director, Mikhail Baryshnikov said, “This is the fiftieth year since my arrival in the West. It’s here I found the freedom to pursue my artistic journey and Baryshnikov Arts was founded to help other artists enjoy that same freedom. I am moved and humbled by the Mellon Foundation’s generous support of our mission. It will ensure the commitment of Baryshnikov Arts to artists as critical interpreters of our past, present and future.”

Bloodlines Artistic Director Kaoru Watanabe said, “Artists confront, embrace, and propel forward the rituals, traditions, songs, and dances passed on through generations and carried in our bodies. I’ve dedicated myself to blending my heritage and musical experiences into a unique aesthetic for decades. The trust and support from the Mellon Foundation and Baryshnikov Arts are testament to a journey that, while personal, resonates with a broader artistic community. This opportunity will allow me and my fellow artists to delve even deeper into our stories unapologetically, explore profound new ways of seeing the world through the eyes of others, and share these discoveries with a broader audience.”

“We are so grateful to the Mellon Foundation for this vital $2 Million grant. It makes it possible for Baryshnikov Arts to continue its dedication to the cultivation and support of new perspectives as we focus on developing our organization beyond the scope of its current structures. With the help of this important grant, Baryshnikov Arts will further its mission of supporting artists in order to help create a transformative sense of belonging and community,” said Sonja Kostich, President and Executive Director, Baryshnikov Arts.