As much as our generation loves gizmos, we were never alive back when horses were essential to daily life, and though some of us have deep attachments to our cars, rarely, if ever, do most people experience that working bond between horse and person.
“Oftentimes, I find myself the only woman on the entire summer concert festival series, and I’m also usually the only person who’s playing at least a large percentage of women composers and usually the only person who’s playing composers of color. I take real pride in that and also in raising awareness or at least giving people the idea that this is a direction in which their institutions could move,” Ng said.
It’s easy to forget that music can be as therapeutic for the artist to make as it is for the listener to experience. Sampha Sisay proves this true on his debut LP, Process. It’s a testament to his gorgeous, versatile vocals; an impressive display of the beauty that can rise from pain. Sisay’s mother passed away from cancer in 2015, and that tragedy, in a way, makes this album. Themes of grief and heavy emotions run everywhere.
But Process is only heart-wrenchingly powerful, never overdramatic.