The Redfern opens its Spring 2019 programming with a Keene debut by the excellent Boston-based ensemble Castle of Our Skins, a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. The group was born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, which they invite through their inventive range of programming and exploration into Black heritage. They will offer an evening concert Hot, Cool, and the Boogie Woogie, featuring works by Florence Prince, David Baker, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Christina Wright-Ivanova.
In her Poem (for Nina), Nikki Giovanni knows she can do nothing to change the color of her skin and resolves to celebrate who she is. So it also is with Boston arts collective Castle of our Skins, which takes its name from the first line of the poem. Founded by violist Ashleigh Gordon and composer/performer Anthony R. Green, the organization strives to move past tokenism of Black artists in classical music via a holistic approach to education, outreach, and engagement with the surrounding communities. Their programs have included poetry, dance, and local Black vendors and artisans selling their crafts to the audience; they often feel more like a gathering of like-minded people than a traditional concert.