“Traces” is a collaborative performance project commissioned by Community MusicWorks (CMW), tracing the sonic memory of a place: an empty lot in the West End of Providence that will be the future home of Community MusicWorks. The work will be created by composer Shaw Pong Liu in collaboration with public historian Micah Salkind, neighborhood resident and educator Joanne Ayuso, and the Rhode Island Historical Society, and will present histories and stories of the neighborhood. Following more than two dozen oral history interviews, research, and musical composition, CMW musicians and students will perform a premiere of the piece on the land in May 2020.
Sebastian Ruth, violinist & violist, is CMW’s Founder & Artistic Director. A graduate of Brown University, Sebastian has performed with members of the Borromeo, Muir, Miro, Orion, and Turtle Island String Quartets. Sebastian is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, recognized for his work with CMW, and an honorary doctorate degree from Brown University. Starting in 2013, Sebastian has served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Yale School of Music, where he has designed and taught courses exploring the theoretical foundations of CMW, and has served as an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Music at Brown University.