Palaver Strings Bio
Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra, is dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks. We were formally founded in 2014 by a group of young musicians from the Boston area.
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.”
Each member of Palaver Strings is passionate about taking classical music beyond the concert hall to engage with diverse and new 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.
For our 2016-2017 season, "Neighborhood Music," we’re celebrating community, focusing on a different neighborhood throughout the Boston area each month with food, music, art— and unpacking what it means to live there. Over the course of the season we will visit Somerville, Cambridge, Quincy, Brookline, Boston, Jamaica Plain, Watertown, and towns in Mid-coast Maine. In each of these communities, we will give performances and workshops, collaborating with local venues, businesses, artists, schools, and organizations to connect with and learn about each other through music. Palaver Strings invites you to experience the joy of music with us, as we explore what community means to those throughout both Boston and greater New England.
Names of Performers
Violin: Ryan Shannon, Maya French, Su Yin Chan, Kiyoshi Hayashi, Danielle Wilson
Viola: Lizzy Moore, Brianna Fischler, Lysander Jaffe
Cello: Nikolai Renedo, Matt Smith
Bass: Nate Martin, Alex Goodin