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We Will Rise Conversation Series with Anthony R. Green & Ashleigh Gordon

Described as a “charismatic and captivating performer”, Ashleigh Gordon has recorded with Switzerland's Ensemble Proton and Germany's Ensemble Modern; performed with Grammy-award winning BMOP and Grammy-nominated A Far Cry string ensemble; and appeared at the prestigious BBC Proms Festival with the Chineke! Orchestra. Comfortable on an international stage, Ashleigh has performed in the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls (London), Konzerthaus Berlin and Oper Frankfurt (Germany), Gare du Nord and Dampfzentrale Bern (Switzerland), Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Lee Hysan Concert Hall (Hong Kong), and throughout Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the multi-disciplinary 180 Degrees Festival.

Ashleigh is co-founder, Artistic/Executive Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. In recognition of her work, she has presented at IDEAS UMass Boston Conference and 180 Degrees Festival in Bulgaria; has been featured in the International Musician and Improper Bostonian magazines as well as the Boston Globe; and was awarded the 2016 Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award from the American Federation of Musicians. She is a 2015 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award recipient, a 2019 Brother Thomas Fellow, a nominee for the 2020 "Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities,” and named one of WBUR’s “ARTery 25”, twenty-five millennials of color impacting Boston’s arts and culture scene.

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The creative output of Anthony R. Green (composer, performer, social justice; he/him/his) includes musical and visual creations, interpretations of original, contemporary, and repertoire works, collaborations, educational outreach, and more. Behind all his artistic endeavors are the ideals of equality and freedom. His compositions and projects have been presented in 25+ countries by various internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles such as Stephen Drury (piano), Julian Otis (voice and movement), Ashleigh Gordon (viola), Ensemble Dal Diente, and the American Composers Orchestra (George Manahan, conductor), in venues such as Jordan Hall (Boston), Symphony Space (New York), Tivoli Vredenburg (Utrecht), Le Gesù (Montréal), Cité de la musique et de la danse (Strasbourg), and Cadogan Hall (London) to name a few. 

A McKnight Visiting Composer (American Composers Forum), Green has received numerous fellowships, grants, awards, and residencies, including at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. As a performer specializing in piano, experimental voice, and performance, Green has presented projects and performances over 10 countries across 4 continents. Green’s most important social justice work has been with Castle of our Skins: celebrating Black Artistry through Music. Green was born on Nacotchtank (Anacostan) land (Arlington, VA) and raised on Narragansett and Pauquunaukit (Wampanoag) land (Providence, RI). 

Jonathan Bailey Holland is the Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core studies at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. 

His works have been commissioned and performed by the Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, National, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and South Bend Symphony Orchestras; Da Capo Chamber Players; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble; Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota (currently VocalEssence), and many others.  A recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship, and a Fromm Foundation Commission, he has received honors from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, American Music Center, ASCAP, the Presser Foundation, and more. He served as the first ever Composer-in-Residence for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra during their 2018-2019 season, and served as Classical Roots Composer-in-Residence for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during that same season. 

Jonathan has held similar roles with the Ritz Chamber Players; South Bend Symphony; and Radius Ensemble. His music has been recorded by the Cincinnati Symphony; Detroit Symphony and numerous others. Recent highlights include performances by Hotel Elefant, Emmanuel Music featuring the Arneis Quartet, commissions by Boston’s Phoenix Ensemble, pianist Awadagin Pratt with Room Full of Teeth and A Far Cry, and more. Holland is also faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

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Join the co-founders of Castle of Our Skins, Anthony R. Green and Ashleigh Gordon, in discussion with Boston Conservatory at Berklee's Chair of Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies, Jonathan Bailey Holland, for a timely discussion on celebrating Black artistry through music. Learn about how Castle of Our Skins utilizes music to explore the histories of unsung and celebrated figures, and illustrate the breadth and depth of Black culture through intergenerational and interdisciplinary offerings. 

Anthony and Ashleigh will offer insight into their unique approaches to advocate for social change and engage with social justice work across the globe.