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 for the Mother's Day Walk for Peace

It was an incredible honor to collaborate with over 40 families surviving homicide, 37 musicians, Officer Marivelle Crespo (Victims/Witnesses Resources, Homicide Unit) and Greg Mahoney, BPD director of multimedia, to honor and remember loved ones lost to homicide as part of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's Mother's Day Walk for Peace. Over 10,000 people walked this year.

Many of the families participating are members of Legacy Lives On, an incredible group of parents, mostly mothers, who have lost a child to homicide. 

Bad weather that weekend limited our street presence, but thanks to Tom Johnson, Lisa Lamberti and Mayor Walsh, we were able to hold the memorial inside City Hall, on a Sunday. 

We honor and remember these loved ones lost to homicide, and the strength of their families, and grieve the violence that took these beautiful lives. The photos below are offered in tribute to these loved ones.

Photo: Lisa Wong

Photo: Lisa Wong

Photo: Toni Jackson

Photo: Toni Jackson

We remember:
Willie M. Turner
Joel Turner
Lloyd Payne
Rashod Payne
Kenneth Rackley
Bobby Mendes
Alex M. Mendes
Burrell A. Ramsey
Warren Danny Hairston
Steven Odom
Carl O. Taylor
Tracey Fletcher
Robert Flemming
Robert Harden
Jaquan Mitchell
Jamarr Alexander
Kenya Alexander
Da-Keem Galloway
Daniel Taylor
Tykeem Davis
Keith Fernandes
Anthony Weeks
Raheem Hylton Ramirez
Kenai Jamari Davon White
Jajuan Griffin
Aaron Justin Wornum
Edwin Phoenix III
Vernon "Peewee" Cobb
Antoine M. Dingle-Knight
Antoine Perkins
Anthony Smalls
Jihad Waters
Jaewon Martin
Takki McConnell
Kelvin Rowell
Liquarry Jefferson
Lamont Jones
Eric S. Whitney
Tedford "TJ" Davis
Louis D. Brown
Louis Carvalho
Leroy Carvalho
Christopher Carvalho
Willie "Bill" Williams

Thank you to the musicians who generously volunteered to perform for this event:

Mother's Day Walk For Peace 2016 Musicians
Amelia Hollander Ames, viola
Felipe Aranha, percussion
Veronica Barron, vocalist
Javier Caballero, cello

Sasha Callahan, violin
Cornell Coley, percussion
Alex Cook, guitar and voice
Dave Cordes, voice
James Dargan, baritone  
Otha Day, percussion
Darynn Dean, vocalist
Leo Eguchi, cello
Maria Finkelmeier, percussion
Ashleigh Gordon, viola
Jeremy Harman, cello
Emily Hsieh, violin
Kathleen Jara, violin
Anthony Leva, bass
Shaw Pong Liu, violin
Julian Loida, percussion
Tanya Maggi, viola
Graziela Medori, percussion
Yvonne Mejia, percussion
Danny Mekonnen, saxaphone
Jim McKenna, Uilleann Pipes
Rachel Panitch, violin
Emily Rome, viola
Rebecca Strauss, viola
Lisa Wong, violin

New England Conservatory of Music Renaissance Choir:
Lyle Davidson, director

Linnaea Brophy
Isabella Costanza 
Maureen Heflinger
Cale Israel  

Jeff Michaels
Shane Simpson
Jonas Tarm