Code Listen

Music for Healing and Dialogue

Code Listen is a civic arts project using the transformative power of creative music and music performance to support healing and dialogue on gun violence, race and law enforcement practices for Boston residents. Led by violinist and composer Shaw Pong Liu who initiated the project in 2016 as an Artist-in-Residence with the City of Boston in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the Boston Police Department, and community organizations including the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Teen Empowerment and the Mattapan Teen Center.


Musical Memorials at the Mother's Day Walk for Peace
May
13
9:00 AM09:00

Musical Memorials at the Mother's Day Walk for Peace

Join 15,000 people walking for peace and in support of homicide survivors on Mother's Day. The Musical Memorials project, part of Code Listen, will be organizing musicians and memorial posters to honor and remember homicide victims along the 6.8 mile walk route, in collaboration with Greg Mahony, director of multimedia at the Boston Police Department; Officer Marivelle Crespo and Officer Lissette Garcia, BPD homicide unit Victims and Witnesses Resource Officers; and dozens of professional, collegiate and amateur musicians from across the city and state. Sign up to donate a performance!

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Code Listen at JP Porchfest
Jul
9
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.

Featuring: 

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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May
3
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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