Violin, Erhu, Composer

Violinist, erhu player and composer Shaw Pong Liu engages diverse communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, creative music and social justice dialogue. Her project Code Listen, which she started as City of Boston Artist-in-Residence in 2016, uses songwriting and performances to support healing and dialogue around violence, racism, and police practices in collaboration with members of the Boston Police, teen artists, family members surviving homicide, and local musicians. Other recent projects include leading Sing Home, a song-sharing and migration story-sharing project, as Artist-in-Residence at the Pao Arts Center in Boston’s Chinatown, and composing music for Conference of the Birds, an international collaboration directed by choreographer Wendy Jehlen with dancers from 8 countries based on the Persian literary masterwork by Attar. Shaw Pong performs with groups including Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Castle of Our Skins, and her compositions have been commissioned by A Far Cry, Lorelei Ensemble, Anikaya Dance Theatre, and Silkroad. She is a 2018-2019 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow.

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