Small Island Big Song

Origins Series

Friday, March 18, 2022

Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St, Manhattan

Please Note: Symphony Space has updated their Covid protocols to include a booster requirement.

Doors: 6:30 PM  | Show: 7:30 PM


There will be a pre-performance moderated Q&A session.

Tickets: $40 | $50 | $60 – member benefits apply

SPECIAL STUDENT DISCOUNT – 50% OFF – Use code STUDENT21-22. Limit one ticket per student. You will need to present a valid student ID when picking up your tickets at the box office.

“Small Island Big Song” is an award-winning multimedia concert featuring over 100 artists (eight of whom will perform live) from a collective of island nations of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The event combines music, spoken word, and live cinema with footage collected during a 3-year film trip across 16 countries, guided by the artists in their homelands. The ambitious project explores the cultural connections between the seafaring descendants of islands that are on the frontline of cultural and environmental challenges. These artists are honoring their legacies and preserving the voice of their people by performing in their native languages and playing traditional instruments. Billboard describes the event as “one coherent jaw dropping piece” and Music critic Tom Orr writes in RootsWorld “….sound like one very big, very happy family doing what they do best while helping get the word out on a most serious issue.”

Performers include Sauljaljui of Taiwan, Emlyn of Mauritius, Putad of Taiwan, climate activist Selina Leem of the Marshall Islands, Sammy of Madagascar, Kokol of Mauritius, Richard Mogu of Papua New Guinea, and Kan of Mauritius.

The ORIGINS series features artists who delve into the folklore and roots of their respective culture’s music to tell the story of their origins, preserving and affirming cultural identities and legacies

This program is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.