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State of Emergency: A Benefit Concert for the New York Immigration Coalition

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Monday, May 27, 2019
at 5:00 PM

Areté Venue and Gallery
Brooklyn, NY 11222


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the katie bishop ensemble, Felicia Chen, Amal El-shrafi, Melinda Faylor, Daniel Felsenfeld, Howard Kenty, Sunny Knable, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, The Parhelion Trio, Bahar Royai, and more


There are still children separated from their parents. We stand immobile when faced with climate change catastrophe. White nationalism and authoritarianism are on the rise around the world. How do we keep from being desensitized to this litany of daily threats to human decency and objective truth? Now more than ever, we cannot risk complacency. Creating art can feel tangential, superfluous, and even futile. But art reminds us that we care; art can motivate; art can soothe, and art can help make sense of this world. Join these composers and performers in an exploration of our time and troubles, in a benefit for something true and decent.  All proceeds will be donated to the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC).





The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy & advocacy organization that represents over 200 immigrant and refugee rights groups throughout New York. 

The NYIC serves one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States. The multi-racial and multi-sector NYIC membership base includes grassroots and nonprofit community organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, as well as legal and socioeconomic justice organizations. The NYIC not only establishes a forum for immigrant groups to voice their concerns, but also provides a platform for collective action to drive positive social change. 

Since its founding in 1987, the NYIC has evolved into a powerful voice of advocacy by spearheading innovative policies, promoting and protecting the rights of immigrant communities, improving newcomer access to services, developing leadership and capacity, expanding civic participation, and mobilizing member groups to respond to the fluctuating needs of immigrant communities.



California-native SUNNY KNABLE (b. 1983) is a multifaceted composer who resides in New York City.  He has won numerous awards, including three “Best Composition” Awards from the Festival of New American Music, and the Iron Composers Award.  He holds a PhD in Music Composition from Stony Brook University, a Masters of Arts in Composition from Queens College (CUNY), and a Bachelor of Music in Composition, Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from CSU Sacramento.  Dr. Knable serves as Music Director of The Church-in-the-Gardens and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College and LaGuardia Community College, while fulfilling commissions from around the country.

HOWIE KENTY is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer, occasionally known by his musical alter-ego, Hwarg. His music, called “remarkable” with “astonishing poetic power” by the International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica, is stylistically diverse, encompassing ideas from contemporary classical, electronic, rock, sound art, theatre, and everything in between, occasionally with visual and theatrical elements. Recent recognition includes residencies at the Copland House (2017) and the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus (2019), as well as first prize commission in the 2017 Null-state Chaosflöte competition. Hear more at http://hwarg.com.