In Response – Artists and Musicians in Creative Exchange

(Dusk, Kelly Burgess)

In Response pairs local emerging artists and musicians together for a series of events that celebrates the artistic process; to share their work and sources of inspiration and to in turn, to become sources of inspiration for one another. This unique collaboration captures the creative process, and illuminates the path that ideas take as they come into fruition. By sharing existing works, notebook sketches and demo recordings, these artists and musicians will gain insights on another’s method of working, and engage in a new process together. In Response culminates in a series of Sunday afternoon exhibitions and performances starting April 21 and running through May 12, showcasing new works guided by the lyrics, colors, sounds, textures, and shapes of their partner’s endeavors.

(Echo, Corey Corcoran)

The series is being curated by Leah Hennessy, a local musician and Inman Square resident, who wanted to create an opportunity for musicians and visual artists to engage directly with one another and have the opportunity to showcase their work together.  “Artists have long been looking to one another for inspiration, for criticism, and for motivation—it’s a vital aspect/element of our community. And just as valuable is that inspiration that comes from across disciplines. With this series, I wanted to give these artists an opportunity to connect, and a challenge to find ways to engage with and reflect the qualities inherent in a different medium.” Hennessy created the pairings based on aesthetic qualities that thread the work of both visual artist and musician, giving these pairs a commonality to spark further collaboration.

The series opens on April 21 by showcasing the photography of Kelly Burgess and the music of Americana duo Ari and Mia Friedman. April 28th will feature painter Kristin Texeira and Hennessy’s own avant-pop/improvisational trio, talk.listen.door. On May 5th, Andrea Santos will present a new installation of drawings with the experimental and early music influenced duo, Beautiful Weekend. The final pairing will appear May 12th and feature the work of animator/artist Corey Corcoran and the neo-soul sounds of songwriter Kim Mayo.

Inman Square favorites 1369 Coffeehouse will be providing beverages at each of the events, and Curtis Street Bakers will provide their gluten-free treats. In Response is also is also funded in part by a grant from New England Conservatory of Music’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department.


(The Fire Balloons, Kristin Texeira)

A few months ago, through the Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department at the New England Conservatory, Leah sought me out as an adviser for an upcoming project she was developing. When we met, I quickly realized how extremely self-motivated and passionate she was about her endeavors and needed very little “advisement”. Whether she believed it or not, Leah had it all under control and I was just happy to lend an ear, share some coffees, and chat with someone I now consider a friend. I’m even happier to see In Response come to fruition, and really think you will enjoy what she has cooked up for the Spring.


The Details.

When: Sundays, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, and 5/12 | Doors open at 3:00 PM, performance at 3:30 PM


4/21 – Kelly Burgess + Ari & Mia Friedman

4/28 – Kristin Texeira + talk.listen.door

5/5 – Andrea Santos + Beautiful Weekend

5/12 – Corey Corcoran + Kim Mayo

Where: Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139

How: Official Website

Cost: Suggested donation $5-$10, sliding scale

Learn more about Leah in her great Cur8or Q+A with Art Sake here. | RSVP for In Response on Facebook here.

See you there! 

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