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.

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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.