Sound Off: Music for Bail presents a pre-recorded and livestreamed Groupmuse concert Wednesday March 31 at 7 p.m. ET in collaboration with the Justice Committee to celebrate the life of co-founder Richie Perez and his incredible impact. Proceeds from the concert directly benefit performing musicians’ stipends and the Justice Committee’s liberatory work.
A quartet of New York City based musicians will perform works by Puerto Rican composers Angelica Negron, Ivan Enrique Rodriguez and more, while violist and former IRIS Orchestra Fellow Rosa Ortega Ianelli, and cellist and assistant principal cellist of the Orquestra Sinfonica de Puerto Rico Rosalyn Ianelli will perform traditional danzas. In addition, representatives from JC: Martha Laureano, JC board member and Richie’s partner, and Hertencia Petersen, aunt of the late Akai Gurley will speak.
Purchase tickets via Groupmuse (10$ suggested donation, although no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
Noel Estrada – En Mi Viejo San Juan
Angelica Negron – Marejada
Ivan Enrique Rodriguez – Rapsodia Riqueña
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – String Quartet No. 19, “Dissonance”
Luis Miranda – Recuerdos de Borinquen
Performers and presenters:
Rosa Ortega Iannelli
The Justice Committee (JC) is a grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City and empowering low-income Latinx and other people of color to address these issues. Recognizing that true power can only be exercised by unified communities we prioritize developing the leadership of both youth and elders and strive to make our organizing a multi-generational effort. By building solidarity with other anti-racist, immigrant and people of color-led organizations, we seek to contribute to a broad-based movement for social justice.
Sound Off: Music for Bail combines classical music performances with presentations by individuals versed in the American criminal justice system and formerly incarcerated individuals in order to educate audiences and build inclusive communities.