The word “home” evokes comfort, belonging and self-formation. Artists and composers representing multiplicities of identities often find home in music. Power and healing enter when guests simply listen.
“Music from Home” is a house concert series that celebrates the live musical expression of women and people of color. Each month, Lakewold Gardens carves space for an inclusive social ceremony for wine, beer and musical storytelling.
The concert line-up is described below. While chairs are available, guests are encouraged to bring their own pillows for sitting. All are welcome to explore the gardens during the event in search of their own home.
Tickets are $25 general, $15 for student/military, and includes admission to the garden grounds and wine offerings. Purchase at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Lakewold Gardens is located at 12317 Gravelly Lake Dr., Tacoma.
Sunday, Aug. 11: The series kicks off with piano music by black, women and Iranian composers featuring Farshad Zadeh. Zadeh started playing piano at age 4, and made his debut with orchestra at 11 in his hometown of Princeton, NJ. He has performed in concert halls throughout the U.S., including Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. He received 1st place at the LISMA International Competition in 2011, and was the winner of Oberlin Conservatory’s Arthur Dann Competition in 2015. Zadeh serves as teaching assistant at the University of Texas, where he teaches class piano as well as private students at the undergraduate and graduate level. He is also a junior faculty member at Blue Mountain Festival, a chamber music festival based in Lancaster, Penn.
Sunday, Sept. 8: Soprano Ibidunni Ojikutu isa frequent performer in the Pacific Northwest known for having a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary repertoire and has studied extensively in both areas. She made her Seattle Opera debut as Strawberry Woman in their 2011 production of “Porgy and Bess.”
A recipient of the top award in the Seattle Opera Guild Training Grant Competition, Ojikutu is a teaching and freelance artist with Seattle Opera Outreach and Seattle Opera. Recent credits include her Benaroya Hall debut with Showtunes Theater Company in their production of “Finian’s Rainbow.”
Sunday, Oct. 13: Composer Deborah Anderson began composing at the age of 6. She grew up in Tacoma and graduated from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wis.) with a degree in French. After graduation, she worked as a nanny in Paris then taught English for two years with the Peace Corps in Tunisia where she learned to play the ‘oud and sing in Arabic. Soon after, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of studying the English Renaissance lute. She has sung in a number of choirs, including 10 years with the PLU Choral Union.
Anderson’s compositions range in setting from solo voice and choir to instrumental solos and ensembles. Her work is regularly performed at National Flute Association conventions, university faculty and student recitals, and by chamber music groups all over the world. Several works have been awarded prizes and honors from international competitions.
Sunday, Nov. 4: Adán Vásquez is a versatile and much-acclaimed musician who has gained renown for his artistry on the harp both as a soloist and as an ensemble player. Equally at ease in the traditional and contemporary repertoires, Vásquez has won accolades for his expertise in the physically demanding Salzedo harp technique. Vásquez has appeared as a guest harpist with numerous symphony orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, the Dominican National Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Heights Symphony Orchestra in New York. In 2004, he was invited to participate in the First International Harp Festival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he also lectured and conducted Master Classes on the Salzedo technique. He has a deep commitment to the neighborhood of Washington Heights, where he serves on the faculty of Gregorio Luperón High School as Music Department Coordinator. Since 2009, he has served as artistic director and president of the Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Inc., the Washington Heights Community Conservatory, and the Camerata Washington Heights.
Sunday, Dec. 8: Dr. Quinton Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert violinist, chamber musician, educator, entrepreneur and filmmaker. He performs solo concerti/recitals and chamber music and presents lectures all over the world. Notable solo concerto performances are the Seattle, Thalia, Tacoma Youth, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra and South Suburban Symphonies, Orchestra Seattle and the Everett Philharmonic.
Morris presented sold-out recitals in the renowned Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall for three consecutive seasons. He debuted with soprano Indra Thomas and pianist Maimy Fong in January 2011. He presented his debut solo recital with pianist Dr. Erin Chung the following year and in 2014, Dr. Morris presented his third appearance with pianist Alastair Edmonstone and hornist David Jolley.
The recipient of numerous awards including the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award” for esteemed leaders and entrepreneurs in Seattle, Morris received Seattle University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Academic and Arts Faculty Award, the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, the Boston Conservatory Chamber Music Honors Competition, the Louisiana Junior Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist’s Concerto Competition. He received top honors and the “Distinguished” and “Audience Favorite” prizes at the Ibla International Recital Competition in Sicily, Italy in 2010.