National Sawdust will celebrate young composers and artists at a free event

Hoping to avoid the debauchery of Memorial Day weekend in favor of plans the whole family can enjoy right here in the neighborhood? On May 28 at 2 p.m., National Sawdust is hosting a free party (with RSVP here) community concert at MS 50 (183 S 3rd St.) written, engineered, and performed entirely by students.

Student CoLab, National Sawdust’s flagship educational program for composers and artists in the college, is a three-month program in music composition, songwriting, spoken word, and visual art for students in the El Puente Beacon Leadership Program in Williamsburg. This community event marks the culmination of their hard work and talent and has previously featured themes such as “creativity, unity through diversity, and peace and justice” (Kristal ’19); ‘Self Respect and How to Love Yourself’ (Genisis ’19); ‘There are many people in this world who judge others because of the color of their skin or what they don’t have, or what they have’ (Janel ’19); and ‘Negativity and bullying, you speak up and defend yourself, you’re unique and you’re beautiful and you’re beautiful and you’re smart, and you don’t let anyone tell you otherwise’ (Tanya ’19).

Student CoLab is led by artist-teacher Juana Luna, cantora and songwriter. In addition to being a music freelancer, Juana is a songwriter and teaching artist for the Lullaby Project and Big Note Little Note, both at Carnegie Hall.

This year’s concert features the voice of Juana Luna, Federico Díaz on guitar, Pala Garcia on violin and the visual art projection of Sofia Quirno. See the full list below.

Student composers 2022:

Joshua Drysdale

Maya Drysdale

Eniah Middleton

Genairis Toribio

Swan Isis

Teaching artists and performers:

Juana Luna, lead teaching artist and vocalist

Ayanna Williams, Assistant Teaching Artist

Pala Garcia, violinist

Federico Diaz, guitarist

Sofia Quirno, visual artist