As part of its programming partnership with the Chicago-based nonprofit Access Contemporary Music (ACM), the Esopus Foundation Ltd. copresented "Relevant Tones; Overlooked No More" at New York City's Symphony Space on Friday, April 28.
“Overlooked No More” was related directly to the New York Times’s “Overlooked” series, edited by Amy Padnani, which publishes obituaries for people whose deaths initially went unreported in the paper. For the event, Boustead invited five composers—Milica Paranosic, Shanan Estreicher, Gilbert Galindo, Lynn Bechtold and Nailah Nombeko—to pick one “Overlooked” obit and write a piece inspired by it. Each of these were performed live at Symphony Space by The Overlook, a New York–based string quartet consisting of Monica Davis, Adda Kridler, Laura Metcalf, and Angela Pickett. The evening also included a panel discussion with Boustead, Amy Padnani, filmmaker Vanessa Gould, and Baltimore Sun obit writer Jacques Kelly.
Forthcoming "Relevant Tones" podcast events at Symphony Space:
- 6/23/23: "Cosmicomics" focuses on the eponymous 1965 short-story collection by Italo Calvino. For the program, Boustead will present a new composition inspired by the book performed by the Unheard-of Ensemble, followed by a panel discussion with Boustead, Lippy, astronomer Kathryn Johnson (Columbia University) and several Calvino scholars.
- 10/20/23: "Commercialism in Art" will feature music and conversation from creatives working in a range of other disciplines. Details to follow.