This organisation is doing revolutionary work, bringing music into places it doesn't usually appear. I have worked with them as a singer and have been transformed and activated. I now am constantly on the lookout for projects that bridge race and class gaps. Music helps us see the continuum of all things, rather than live in a polarized world. It creates a space between people that relies on their humanity and beingness, rather than language-based opinions, beliefs, arguments, etc. SARASA is the vanguard of this work, and they know how to do it. Plus, their artists are at the top of the field.
Sarasa is a wonderful, intimate musical experience. The composition of the group changes for each concert, with people traveling from different parts of the world to join in. All play brilliantly, and with obvious, contagious passion for the music they perform. They also take the time to explain, in interesting and sometimes even entertaining ways, aspects of what they’re going to be playing, so you always know what to be listening for. Afterwards, the musicians stay around to talk with audience members over coffee and snacks. And not only are the musicians very talented, but they’re all very nice people as well, and fun to talk with. I’ve been going to Sarasa concerts for about 10 years, and haven’t ever been disappointed. Remarkably, they take their performances into juvenile lockups throughout the year and share their music with the kids in those facilities. Most of the kids have never heard classical music before, and for some it seems to be a life-changing experience. Sarasa also lets the kids share their music with them, so the kids get to be performers, too. It couldn’t hurt any if the world had more groups like Sarasa!