Activist Songbook composer Byron Au Yong and lyricist Aaron Jafferis discuss music and its role in activism with Kit Yan & Melissa Li, co-creators of Interstate, the musical. Activist Songbook is an ongoing performance project to create 53 new songs and raps to counteract hate and energize movements. Composer Byron Au Yong and lyricist Aaron Jafferis interview Asian American activists, immigrants and refugees, asking:
· What are the sounds your movement needs that do not yet exist?
· How can we work together to create these songs?
Support for the Activist Songbook at The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is provided by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.