We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new monthly series, LunART LIVE! Join us the last Friday of every month to explore the many facets of women in the arts with outstanding guest speakers, and engage in live online Q&A with experts in the field.
Get out your brown paper bag and mark your calendar for a lunch date with LunART!
Friday, November 20 at Noon
400th Birthday of Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704)
with New Milwaukee Consort
More info coming soon!
The New Milwaukee Consort is dedicated to the music of the European Renaissance and Baroque, crafting intimate performances around words and music whose stories resonate across the centuries. They particularly relish bringing lesser known sounds of the 17th century to modern audiences, from the work of women composers such as Barbara Strozzi to music from handwritten manuscripts documenting the early development of the cello and ongoing experimentation on the lute. Since its inception in 2019, the New Milwaukee Consort has shared its music with audiences through the Alliance Française of Milwaukee, Madison’s LunArt Festival, Spring Green’s Rural Musicians’ Forum, Grace Evangelical Lutheran’s First Friday Series, United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, and Wauwatosa’s Trinity Episcopal Church.
Friday, October 23 at Noon
Poetry in Brazilian Music with Patricia Lopes
LunART 2020 Call for Scores Winner
Brazilian composer Patricia Lopes will be in conversation with Leslie Damaso (singer and our Digital Media Coordinator) about Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa (notable for writing through the lense of 75 different personalities) and the use of his poetry in her music as part of her searching for the feminine energy.
She is the first woman to earn a Master's Degree in Musical Composition at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and had the honor to study with Marisa Rezende, one of the most important Brazilian composers of today, a woman!
Patricia Lopes is a Brazilian composer and pianist with a multiple rooted musical identity. Her latest works as a composer are “The feminine in Pessoa”, a set of compositions based on poems by Fernando Pessoa, for voice and ensemble, performed by OCAM (Chamber Orchestra of the University of São Paulo) and “Hortensia”, for woodwind and string ensemble. In October 2017 she performed, in Portugal, the concert “The feminine in Pessoa” at the International Jazz Festival of Caldas da Rainha and at Casa da America Latina in Lisbon, with the violist Lyda Chen Argerich as her special guest.
Patricia Lopes has recently pursued a PhD in Music, with her research focused on the musical universe of the Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim at University of São Paulo (USP), and performed in 2016 Jobim’s song Matita Pere (1973) alongside Dori Caymmi and the Chamber Orchestra of the University of São Paulo, with the conductor Gil Jardim.
Throughout her academic education, she has studied with the concert pianist Linda Bustani, and holds a Master’s Degree in Musical Composition from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), having Marisa Rezende as her Principal Advisor. For more info, visit:
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Her piece "The Feminine of Pessoa", a winner in our 2020 Call for Scores, was inspired by the writing of Fernando Pessoa. Patricia's lush harmonies and lilting rhythms pay homage to the rich folk music tradition of her native Brazil.
Friday, September 25 at Noon
Midori Samson, musician & activist
Operationalizing Social Work Principles in Music!
"This presentation will introduce my research exploring the deliberate integration of social work principles into music pedagogy and performance. I argue that the intentional synergy of these two disciplines can contribute to a more anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and socially just classical music landscape. I will discuss two frameworks from the discipline of social work and I will show applied examples of how they can be operationalized by musicians."
Midori Samson (she/her) is a bassoonist, educator, activist, and scholar. She is happiest participating in artistic projects that engage all of these identities. Her recent activities include collaborations with Artists Striving to End Poverty, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Yo-Yo Ma, and the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Rwanda. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Trade Winds Ensemble, a group of teaching artists that lead music composition workshops in partnership with social impact organizations around the world. She is currently the Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and a doctoral candidate in bassoon and social welfare at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Friday, August 28 at Noon
Nadia Chana, PhD Ethnomusicology
On Western Arts Music and Racialization!
"If you want to connect the lessons about racism the larger world has been learning this summer with Western art music communities, this talk is for you! Among other things, I will talk about how anti-Black and anti-Asian racism operate in and around Western classical music communities; about structural conditions that might prevent musicians of colour from entering Western classical music communities; and about what might push people of colour out once there. This series of thoughts is tied together with concrete examples, examples that I hope will be sticky enough to stay with you and specific enough to recognize out in the world."
Nadia grew up in Edmonton/Amiskwaciwâskahikan singing in choirs, a context that directly shapes her work, however invisibly. Her current research focuses on climate crisis and relations among Indigenous activists, non-Indigenous settlers, and nonhuman actors in Northern Alberta and the California Bay Area.
She received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago in 2019, and holds a post-baccalaureate diploma in voice performance from the University of Manitoba, as well as a B.A. Honours in English Literature and a B.Mus., both from the University of British Columbia.
Active as a performer and facilitator, Nadia uses live art song and oratorio performance in combination with group exercises to help people feel their way into and through loss. She has brought her “Music as a Tool for Loss” workshops to diverse audiences ranging from palliative care teams of doctors, nurses, and psychologists, to groups of volunteer caregivers, to members of the general public. In 2012, she co-founded the Bicycle Opera Project, a small opera company that takes contemporary Canadian opera to Canadians by bicycle.
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This thought-provoking conversation is sure to spark self
reflection and raise your awareness of these highly relevant social issues and their impact on the arts.
Friday, July 31 at Noon
Audrey Martinovich, Sound Engineer
Women in Music Technology that You Don't Know, But Should!
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Women make up just 3% - 5% of recording engineers and producers but that hasn’t stopped them from making incredible contributions to the advancement of the science and art of music production. Watch Audrey Martinovih and Iva Ugrcic engage in a fun and educational discussion about the state of the industry, some of the reasons behind the large gender gap, and learn about phenomenal women behind the console such as Wendy Carlos, Linda Perry and Sylvia Massy!
In 2012, Audrey's professional recording career began at Audio for the Arts, a Wisconsin-based recording studio specializing in acoustic music, where she quickly became a trusted engineer for several clients in the Midwest and beyond. From recording live stand-up albums for Comedy Central, to recording concerts on a stage floating in the middle of a lake for Reebok, Audrey has done a bit of everything. Intrigued by unusual acoustic environments, Audrey especially loves recording musicians anywhere from silos to cavernous basements.
In 2017, she became the first female contributor to Pro Tools Expert, with articles focusing on tips for recording live performances and acoustic instruments. In 2018, Audrey was a finalist to receive the award for Breakthrough Studio Engineer from Pro Sound Europe. She has spoken and been on panels at Between the Waves Music Conferences, Empowering Women in Audio Clinics, and E-Women’s Network. Audrey is a Warm Audio artist, and member of SoundGirls, AES, and a voting member of the Recording Academy.