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.

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Code Listen at JP Porchfest

  • Blessed Sacrament Church 361 Centre St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 (map)

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.