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Voice Magazine, Issue 45.2 - Spring 2022

June 13, 2022

21V featured on the spring 2022 issue of The Voice, published by Chorus America.

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Our New Artistic Administrator

April 21, 2022

With much excitement, 21V welcomes Jungmee Kim as our Artistic Administrator! Jungmee will work in close partnership with the Artistic Director in managing the administrative duties of 21V, including concert production, marketing, funds development, and artistic support. 
 
With experience in project management, graphic design, marketing, and event planning, Jungmee also brings to the table her strengths as a collaborative pianist. Says Martín: "It’s a true privilege to find not only the skills needed for the tasks at hand, but also the perspective of a performing artist, all in one person."

Says Jungmee: "I am thrilled to be part of 21V and to work alongside my friend and distinguished conductor Martín in building this innovative new arts organization that focuses on advocating inclusivity through music that pushes boundaries. Congratulations on your inspiring and successful inaugural concerts earlier this month, and I cannot wait to meet all the talented singers and the 21V community!"

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Save the Date for our inaugural program, Beyond Binary!

After many months of planning and preparation, we are beyond excited to be announcing 21V’s inaugural program, Beyond Binary, on April 1, 2022 at the San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center and April 2, 2022 at the African American Museum & Library in Oakland! The program explores and challenges the myth of “us vs. them,” and will feature the world premiere of 21V’s first commission, “Praise Song for Tulsa.”  

 

As a treble ensemble defined by voice range rather than gender, we join together many sound colors into a new choral instrument that brings to life the music of our times – silenced narratives of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, a tribute to those we lost during COVID, and the unexpected turns that illustrate the richness and interconnectivity of our American continent in the 21st century.

21V’s first project at Redwood Grove
November 7, 2021

We recorded a performance of our first commission, “Praise Song for Tulsa” by Charles Griffin and Christina Springer, at the awe-inspiring Redwood Grove at UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens in November 2021. We were joined by guest soloist Dr. Mark Wilson in the role of “The Pastor.”

​​The path of a treblemaker 

October 23, 2021

Our founder and Artistic Director Martín Benvenuto was a guest speaker on this podcast episode from our friends at In Unison. You'll hear about the genesis of the ideas behind 21V, how a conductor’s sound ideals shape a new choral instrument, planting the seeds for composers to imagine treble music in new ways, and applying our art and our presence as they exist in the same universe. The episode kicks off by walking a few minutes in Martín's shoes, by way of a strange gift...

 

We hope you are inspired by these origin stories!

The beginning of the collaboration on our Tulsa commission  

June 1, 2021

We teamed up with composer Charlie Griffin and poet and Orisha priest Christina Springer to explore the joy, power, and happiness of the Tulsa community that led to violence. Hear Martín, Christina, and Charlie discuss the new piece and why it resonates into our current day.

Happy birthday, 21V!

 

 

March 16, 2021

What does "catalyst for change" mean to you?

We launched 21V as a catalyst for change for a new choral sound composed of treble voices of all gender identities and performing 21st century music of the Americas. Hear the backstory of the genesis of 21V from Founder and Artistic Director, Dr. Martín Benvenuto!