Palaver Strings enriches lives by sharing music with diverse audiences in and beyond the concert hall
Palaver Strings is a musician-led string orchestra and nonprofit organization. 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.
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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.
Violin: Su Yin Chan, Josie Davis, Maya French, Kiyoshi Hayashi, Jesse MacDonald, Ryan Shannon
Viola: Brianna Fischler, Lysander Jaffe, Elizabeth Moore
Cello: Jennie Brent, Matthew Smith
Bass: Nate Martin