July 17, 2024


The general public can hear Shelter Music Boston’s “Songs of Life” program at a free efficiency on Sept. 27.

Shelter Music Boston performs at CASPAR Emergency Shelter in Cambridge in 2019. Carrie Eldridge-Dickson

Shelter Music Boston’s newest live performance sequence, “Songs of Life,” was impressed by — and created for — the purchasers of native homeless shelters, restoration facilities, and inexpensive housing communities. Shelter purchasers aren’t the standard viewers for classical music, inventive director Adrian Anantawan admitted — however that’s the entire level.

Shelter Music Boston has been acting at Boston-area shelters and substance use restoration facilities for years. They’re musicians, however in addition they see themselves as delivering a social service. Classical music could be therapeutic, Anantawan defined; it could restore dignity; it affirms our shared humanity.

“‘Songs of Life’ was a response to the continuous suggestions that we get from our audiences of, ‘Oh, are you able to play this piece of music that’s vital to me in my life?’” Anantawan instructed Boston.com. “I assumed that it could be actually pretty to … use these tales and the songs which can be significant to them to encourage new items of classical music in order that our audiences actually had a type of company within the music that we’re taking part in.”

Anantawan — a prolific violinist himself, in addition to an educator and incapacity advocate — requested 4 composers to take shelter viewers ideas and adapt them into new, classical compositions.

Composer and violinist Dr. Francine Trester, a Berklee Faculty school member who has collaborated with Shelter Music Boston earlier than, selected to riff off of Survivor’s 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger.” 

Trester’s quartet takes the recognizable motifs of “Eye of the Tiger” and reworks them into one thing new. Composing with the theme of “hope” in thoughts, Trester paid particular consideration to the tune’s opening lyrics. 

“One of many traces is ‘rising up,’ and that basically spoke to me,” Trester mentioned. “So one of many issues that my music does is [it] steadily rises from a low C, it climbs to the next C.”

For Trester, the method of remodeling a preexisting piece and imbuing mimicked the essentially human expertise of adapting to life’s sudden twists and turns.

“You’re taking what you’re given, and then you definately make one thing for your self out of it,” she mentioned. “I imply, that’s an act of hope, in a method. So I hope that [the audience hears] one thing acquainted in it, however then hear that it’s been taken someplace else, and that they translate that course of, that journey, to their very own trajectory.”

Along with Trester’s tackle “Eye of the Tiger,” the “Songs of Life” program consists of authentic compositions by Ché Buford (who drew inspiration from the Brazilian pop/different rock band Tribalistas’ “Eu Gosto de Você”), Anthony R. Inexperienced (impressed by A Tribe Referred to as Quest’s “Can I Kick It?”), and Sato Masui (impressed by Useless Prez’s “Happiness”).

The live performance sequence consists of 5 non-public performances by Shelter Music Boston’s string quartet at shelters and restoration websites the week of Sept. 18, plus one free, public efficiency on Sept. 27 at St. Cecilia Parish in Again Bay. Reservations for the live performance are really helpful.

Dwayne Brown is a volunteer providers coordinator for the Boston Public Well being Fee who has labored with Shelter Music Boston to arrange performances on the Southampton Road and Woods Mullen shelters.

“The friends actually, really love Shelter Music Boston coming in,” Brown instructed Boston.com. “Music units a tone. It offers you a sure feeling.”

“Being within the shelter setting, it’s very busy.” Brown continued. “You’re doing lots… your thoughts is full, [but] then by the top of their choice, you’re feeling extra relaxed.”

At a time when a lot of the headlines about homelessness in Boston invoke a “disaster” at Mass. and Cass, or scale back struggling individuals to statistics on a web page, Anantawan hopes the general public live performance leaves individuals feeling empathy towards the shelter purchasers whose enter formed this system.

“Music is a type of shared languages that we now have throughout cultures, throughout time, and particularly throughout, simply, the people who we see on a regular basis who’re going via these challenges,” Anantawan mentioned.

“Music gives its personal kind of shelter,” Trester mentioned, “which everyone wants.”