BU Arts Initiative event: "Small Island Big Song"

  • Starts: 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2024
  • Ends: 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 2, 2024

Small Island Big Song is a music, film and performing arts project uniting the islands of the Pacific and Indian Ocean through artistic collaboration, a contemporary and relevant musical statement from a region that shares an ancient seafaring heritage and the impact of our changing sea.

The performance ‘Our Island’ brings together some of the most prominent artists of Taiwan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, and Tahiti, who have made a choice to maintain the cultural voice of their people, to sing in the language, and to play the instruments of their land. These unique lineages mixed with their diverse contemporary styles - roots-reggae, beats, folk & spoken-word, establish a contemporary musical dialogue between cultures, drawing on their ancestral lineage to confront contemporary issues with a hope driven vision of the future.

Motivated by their concerns for the ocean, Taiwanese theater producer BaoBao Chen and Australian music producer/filmmaker Tim Cole spent the past 8 years visiting artists on sixteen island nations of the Pacific & Indian Oceans, recording with their guidance in nature, sharing songs from island to island. Outcomes include two award-winning albums, a feature film and a world-touring concert.

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Tsai Performance Center, 685 Commonwealth Ave