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Catch up on Choral Connect '21: André de Quadros

A year on from our highly successful Choral Connect conference in Auckland, we’re delighted to release a series of videos recorded at each of the sessions.

Choral Connect is the Association of Choral Director’s biennial conference providing professional development and networking for choral musicians of all backgrounds and experience. The 2021 conference theme was The Choral Traditions of Aotearoa New Zealand, and many of the presentations explored and celebrated the musical traditions of our Māori and Pasifika communities.

This month’s video release features Dr. André de Quadros, a conductor, ethnomusicologist, and human rights activist whose professional work has taken him to diverse settings in over 40 countries and includes projects with prisons, psychosocial rehabilitation, refugees and asylum-seekers, poverty locations, and victims of torture, sexual violence, and trauma.

Dr. Quadros is a professor of music at Boston University, where he holds affiliations in African, African American, Asian, Jewish, Muslim studies, and prison education. He is also affiliated with the university’s Center for Antiracist Research.

He directs the Manado State University Choir (Indonesia), Common Ground Voices (Jerusalem), VOICES 21C (Boston), and the Muslim Choral Ensemble (Sri Lanka). He co-directs Common Ground Voices / La Frontera (Tijuana/San Diego) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Countries Youth Choir (Shanghai). He is co-founder and creative director of The Choral Commons, an international media platform.

André’s presentation is titled Building Bridges, Replacing Coloniality: Choral Music, Hope and Justice. In it, he describes his choral work in prisons and in relation to racial injustice in the US; peacebuilding and reconciliation in Israel and the Arab world; and refugees and forced migration on the Mexico-US border. He sees choral music as a space of infinite possibility for shared humanity, while interrogating and dismantling systems of coloniality, power, white supremacy and oppression.

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