About Us

PALAVER STRINGS ENRICHES LIVES BY SHARING MUSIC WITH DIVERSE AUDIENCES IN AND BEYOND THE CONCERT HALL

Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra and nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks. We were formally founded in 2014 by young musicians from the Boston area. Since then, the group has performed at the Kennedy Center, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Hammond Concert Series, and a celebration of the Lullaby Project at Carnegie Hall. This fall Palaver will begin a yearlong residency at the Boston Center for the Arts and continue our longstanding residency with Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, ME. Each member of Palaver Strings is passionate about taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with new and diverse audiences. It is in this personal and unconventional setting that Palaver Strings is able to use music to aid the discussion of social issues, promote education and healing, and inspire our peers and community to support the arts.

WHERE DOES THE GROUP'S NAME COME FROM? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 Our name, "Palaver," comes from the term "palaver hut," a place of discussion and conflict resolution in Liberia. In our early days as an ensemble, we gave benefit concerts for the Liberian Education Fund and became familiar with and inspired by the term "palaver," as we are a diverse group of individuals seeking to come to a creative agreement when we make music. "Palaver" has remained central to our vision as we expand our outlook to other social causes.

LOOKING BACK AT SEASON 3 - NEIGHBORHOOD MUSIC

Community is a powerful force in our lives. We in Palaver believe that art and music can bring us together, making our communities stronger and more compassionate wherever we live. We look back at our 2016-2017 season, "Neighborhood Music," with gratitude for all the communities who welcomed us, in Boston and beyond. Each month we celebrated a different Boston neighborhood, performing and partnering with local organizations. Through our residency at Boston Medical Center, we engaged new audiences in unconventional spaces such as hospital waiting rooms. In our songwriting projects, Lullaby Project and LifeSongs, we collaborated with young mothers and LGBT senior citizens on powerful original songs. We concluded our season with an East Coast tour, giving concerts and workshops from Vermont to New York to Washington, DC, and recorded our first album, "Simple Gifts" at the WGBH studios here in Boston. We look forward to making new music and new connections next year, while also deepening our existing partnerships.