Last Thursday July 13th, Cristina joined forces with Galician Hip Hop singer Wöyza for a very special performance at the renowned Galician winery Martin Códax, in Cambados. The repertoire was a surprising journey from folk and World Music to Hip Hop and Soul, and even experimental music. The two artists were joined by the choir V-Go Negro Son Coro for beautiful renditions of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Andres Do Barro’s O Tren.
Cristina has been bestowed with the Castelao Medal, the greatest honor presented by the Galician Government to honour the people and institutions that have created exceptional works in the arts, culture, literature, science, or in any other field that is worthy of distinction.
Cristina Pato performing with the NY Philharmonic – February 2015
On June 8th, for the first of NY Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert’s farewell concerts, Yo-Yo Ma, Edward Perez, and Silk Road Ensemble members Cristina Pato, Johnny Gandelsman, and Shane Shanahan join the New York Philharmonic and orchestra musicians from around the world. The concert, on the theme “celebrating the power of music to unite across borders,” will include Kinan Azmeh’s Ibn Arabi Postlude and Edward Perez’s The Latina 6/8 Suite, the work conceived and commissioned by Cristina and Silkroad for her Latina project. Alan Gilbert himself will join them at the violin.
On May 27, Cristina joins fellow Silk Road Ensemble Members Shane Shanahan and Ko Umezaki for a special screening of Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers hosted by The Muse Seek Project in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Founded by Maria Batlle, the Project fosters inclusion and aims to open up the world of music to deaf children across the Dominican Republic.
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 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 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.
Cristina Pato, together with fellow Silkroad member Shane Shanahan, will teach this semester at the Harvard University Department of Music, as Blodgett Distinguished Artists in Residence. The Blodgett Artist-in-Residence program has been at Harvard for 22 years and provides for distinguished artists and ensembles to spend time at the Department of Music and also invites artists to lecture and perform in a variety of musical disciplines.
Cristina will be teaching at the Department of Ethnomusicology in the new course “Performing Musical Difference: Case Studies from the Silk Road Project,” directed by Kay Kaufman Shelemay, in cooperation with musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble. It will explore the social processes and ethical challenges of intercultural musical exchange, composition, and performance, with the humanistic goal of creating “unexpected connections, collaborations, and communities in pursuit of meaningful change,”
This is one more step in Cristina’s collaboration with Harvard University, as she has been teaching classes in the summers and at different courses throughout the academic year at the Department of Education (Harvard Graduate School of Education) on the power of the arts in education and society (Arts and Passion Driven Summer Institute, or the latest one on Arts and Healing), in collaboration with the Silk Road project, which has a residency at the University and for which Cristina serves as educational advisor.