Code Listen

Music for Healing and Dialogue



A civic arts project using music to support healing and dialogue on gun violence, race and law enforcement practices for Boston residents. Led by Boston Artist-in-Residence Shaw Pong Liu (violinist and composer) in partnership with the City of Boston, the Boston Police Department, and community organizations including the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Teen Empowerment and the Mattapan Teen Center.

Code Listen at JP Porchfest
4:00 PM16:00

Code Listen at JP Porchfest

Come hear the debut performance of a talented band of police officers from around the City. This performance of favorite popular songs and a couple originals is part of an ensemble-building process among officers prior to a series of songwriting music-based dialogue workshops with teens.


Officer Steven Collette, C6 South Boston, guitar and voice

Officer Kim Tavares, D4 South End, voice

Detective Jeremiah Benton, BPD Academy, bass

Sergeant John Burns, C11 Dorchester, drums

We wlll also be partnering with Art Commons to engage passersby with onsite art-making during and after the performance.

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9:00 AM09:00

Harmony and Hope: Responding to Violence With Music

Code Listen is collaborating with Riverview Chamber Players' Harmony and Hope: Responding to Violence With Music all-day concert  (12-hours, 12 concerts), working with director Rebecca Strauss to honor and remember individuals lost to violence. Four families will be speaking about their loved ones lost to violence at four different concerts that day. 

Code Listen artist Shaw Pong Liu will perform with colleagues Tanya Maggi and Julia Cash at the 3pm-4pm concert.

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