Small Island Big Song will perform on April 7 at Eisenhower

UNIVERSITY PARK — Activist musicians Small Island Big Song will perform at Penn State in a live concert aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues and the heritage of their ocean nations.

The multimedia production will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 at the Eisenhower Auditorium. To visit Online Performing Arts Center for more information.

Tickets are available online at cpa.psu.edu. Tickets are also available by phone at 814-863-0255 or in person at the Eisenhower Auditorium from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes the Penn State Student Awards possible.

This presentation is part of “The Reflection Project”, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The live tour is part of a multi-platform project conceived by Taiwanese producer BaoBao Chen and Australian music producer Tim Cole. They have spent more than three years chronicling artists in communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis. The popular musical follows artists from 16 island nations across the Pacific and Indian Oceans in a heartfelt plea for environmental awareness and cultural preservation. The artists released the self-titled CD and documentary film “Small Island Big Song: An Oceanic Timeline” in 2019.

In addition to raising awareness of the climate crisis facing the riparian nations, the project explores a theory of migration that seeks to establish musical connections between cultures and accentuates similarities in regional instruments, voices and rhythm.

Penn State’s performance will feature Small Island Big Song artists Sauljaljui and Putad (Taiwan); Emlyn, Kan and Koko (Mauritius); Selina Leem (Marshall Islands); Samy (Madagascar); and Airileke and Richard Mogu (Papua New Guinea).

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