A Tempo: Young Musicians Explore Immigration, Including Personal Stories, Through Music

May 9, 2019

The PS177Q Technology Band will perform "To the Highest Elevation" at the Soul Mechanism concert May 19, part of Carnegie Hall's "Migrations: The Making of America" festival.

Carnegie Hall has been exploring the impact of immigration and migration on the development of American music this Spring, including concerts highlighting the influence of the Scots Irish, Jewish immigrants, and the migration of African Americans from the South to Northern cities after the Civil War. The series culminates May 19 with a concert performance, "Soul Mechanism," comprised of works written by participants in its Weill Music Institute's songwriting programs, and A Tempo this Saturday (5/11 at 7 pm) features conversations with some of the participants about their music. Host Rachel Katz will  speak with students and music teachers in the PS177Q and Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), as well as with singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon, who curated the concert program that will take place May 19 at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall.

Students at WHEELS will perform "Senoritas," a song based on the immigration experience of the two young songwriters' families.

See videos of the songs:

"Señoritas" - performed by the WHEELS Songwriting Crew

"To The Highest Elevation" - performed by PS 177Q Technology Band

"Home" - Toshi Reagon discusses her thoughts on her Soul Mechanism program

Singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon curated the Soul Mechanisms program and will perform at the concert.
Credit Photo by Amy Arbus