Hi, welcome to the Sustain Music Project.  

To us, music is a way to connect. To connect to ourselves – to let the sounds prompt us to step outside of our everyday life, to process our emotions, to enjoy the moment. To connect to our community – to realize that music, the universal language, can speak to each of us in a different way, allows to consider how we relate to the people around us, to encourage us to give back to our community.

Here at Sustain Music, we approach our concerts a bit differently than most others do. Our programs tell stories through music. We tell you what’s going on behind each piece – for instance, why the composer wrote it, what to listen for, and what to think about while listening – and we connect it to what’s happening around us in the present. We partner with different artistic mediums (such as visual arts, food, and dance) and with community-serving nonprofits to link music and life. It’s about creating a total experience for you.

We believe that people who need music the most often have the least access to it, which is why we also perform our concerts at shelters, hospitals, schools, and other community-minded venues. We use music to make a difference in our world.

So whether you’ve never attended a classical concert before or you’ve loved classical music your whole life, we believe that you’ll find something unique in Sustain. We aim to use music to entertain, to challenge, and to inspire. We’re a group of musicians who create and perform classical music concerts that capture the interest of people just like you. We hope you come experience one of our concerts with us this season.

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“Paint the Music”

Join us for our spring 2021 series of concerts
in which musicians and visual artists collaborate to create something extraordinary.

Solo flute

flutist Christina Medawar
visual artist Heidi Barnett

The Sustain Music Project presents the second concert in the spring 2021 series “Paint the Music”, in which local classical musicians and visual artists collaborate to create unique evenings of music and art. Join us for four beautiful pieces for solo flute, paired with the vividly colorful art of Heidi Barnett.

Program:
Goldfish Songs – Jenni Brandon
Left Behind – Sarah Bassingthwaighte (world premiere)
Hxó – Sungji Hong
Sonata Flautísima – Miguel del Aguila

“Evergreen”

World premiere of “Evergreen” by Robert Honstein
performed by the arx duo (Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney)
art by Eva Vernitska of Pacific NW Art Laboratory

LINK TO CONCERT

On March 6 at 5:30 pm, the Seattle-based arx duo performed the world premiere of Robert Honstein’s “Evergreen”, a new piece for percussion duo. According to Rob, the piece represents “the sense of hope and joy expressed [and] serves as a beautiful reminder of our collective resiliency in the face of great difficulty.”

Our featured visual artist was Eva Vernitska from the Pacific Northwest Art Laboratory. In response to the music, she has created a stunning mixed media artwork of Mother Nature’s dual sides of serenity and turmoil. Explore the intertwining worlds of music and visual art as the 30 minute piece’s winding yet meditative sounds from the marimba and vibraphone take us on a journey. Just as the evergreen tree is a symbol of strength and perseverance, we are reminded of art’s power to endure and to join us together in community.

Past events: 2019-2020

MUSIC & LIGHT

February 6, 2020
Resonance at SOMA Towers

Mystical and otherworldly sounds abound in George Crumb’s The Voice of the Whale, the inspiration for this unique concert. To transport the audience deep under the sea, masked musicians performed the piece under blue light. Each piece in the evening’s varied program of chamber music for flute, cello, and piano was paired with stunning displays of color and light designed to bring out the emotional depths of the music. Adding to the experience were unusual musical techniques that test the limits of what these instruments—and musicians!—can do.

MUSIC & NEW BEGINNINGS

October 20, 2019
Taproot Theater, Seattle

An unforgettable performance connecting us to the deeply emotional experience of domestic abuse. 

Through the storytelling power of music and words, this program took listeners on the journey experienced after trauma: shock, grief, and isolation that can be transformed into joy, peace, and hope for the future. Interspersed among the emotionally rich chamber music pieces are the impactful stories of those helped by New Beginnings: Ending Domestic Violence.

MUSIC & YOGA

September 14, 2019
Resonance at SOMA Towers

Imagine all of your senses uniting on a truly unique journey through movement, sound, and taste!  

This immersive experience paired yoga led by Dikla Kafta with live music for flute and marimba. Beginning with Bach and Schubert and journeying through newer compositions, the music followed the arc of the yoga class through pranayama (breathing), flow, seated poses, and shavasana. Following the class, we featured three wines  from the local Kirkland winery Northwest Cellars. 

Board of Directors

Christina Medawar

President

Jenna Labourr

Vice President/Treasurer

Yoko Okano

Secretary

Our sponsors

Your support allows us to creatively design and perform our concerts, play throughout the community for people who have little access to the arts, and to sustain our local musicians. Thank you!