“My Lethe Story” with Cristina Pato and UCSB Musicians

On April 19th Cristina joins musicians from the University of California, Santa Barbara in an evening of music and discussion in which they’ll perform My Lethe Story: The River of Forgetfulness, the piece composed by Cristina and inspired by her mother’s struggle with dementia; followed by a panel discussion on how the sciences and the arts can learn from each other as they seek to understand memory and its loss. The panelists will also discuss student research opportunities on these issues in a new summer course that Cristina will co-teach with professors Ken Kosik (Neuroscience) and Kim Yasuda (Arts) at the UCSB. Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration will introduce students to the cross-disciplinary field of memory studies and demonstrate how different disciplines approach common questions. You can watch the video presentation here →. Click here → for more info on the event.

The course is supported by the generosity of Jody and John Arnhold. This initiative is sponsored by Jody and John Arnhold, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Creative Studies, Department of Music, Department of Art, Neuroscience Research Institute, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

Cristina arrives at California after a week in the Nothern Cheyenne Reservation of Lame Deer, Montana, where the Silkroad continues to participate in interdisciplinary projects with Lame Deer students. You can read more about their work in this article: Musicians in ensemble founded by Yo-Yo Ma visit Lame Deer students

Skoll World Forum 2017

Skoll Forum: Anya Grundmann interviewing Cristina Pato and Kinan Azmeh
Skoll Forum 2017
Skoll Forum 2017

Cristina spent the first week of April in Oxford, UK, where she took part in the Skoll World Forum 2017. The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Cristina performed with fellow Silkroad member Kinan Azmeh at the Closing Plenary, whose Master of Ceremonies was Stephan Chambers, director of the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics, and that also featured a Q&A with Anya Grundmann, Vice President of National Public Radio (NPR) (see picture above). Cristina also participated as a speaker, with John Hadfield, Roberto Comesaña and Kyle Sanna.

Silkroad’s Harvard Residency

A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma with Wu Tong and Cristina Pato
A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma with Wu Tong and Cristina Pato
A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma with Wu Tong and Cristina Pato
My Lethe Story

Silkroad’s March 2017 residency at Harvard which included lectures, shows and workshops with Yo-Yo Ma, like the Louis C. Elson Lecture pictured above, was culminated with a Silk Road Ensemble’s concert at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre that featured Cristina’s piece My Lethe Story. The piece, inspired by Cristina’s own mother memory loss, explores the role that music, and arts in general, plays in healing. You can listen to Cristina and Lisa Wong, co-director of the Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School, reflect on the topic here →

My Lethe Story will also be featured in an upcoming performance that Cristina will give together with musicians from the University of California Santa Barbara, in an event that will combine music and discussion, titled The Arts of Memory: Music Meets Neuroscience.