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Ethan Gans-Morse, Executive Director
541-778-1211 | ethan@animamundiproductions.com

Recent Press Coverage

OREGON ARTSWATCH
April 21, 2021: “The soul of humanity and the fate of the planet are intertwined” — CLICK HERE

LEIF’S WEEKLY
April 16, 2021: “Anima Mundi Productions Brings Contemporary Issues to the Stage and Screen” — CLICK HERE

JPR: JEFFERSON EXCHANGE
Nov. 20, 2020: “Coronavirus And Chorus: Singing The Pandemic” — CLICK HERE

OREGON ARTSWATCH
Feb. 4, 2020: “A Healing Journey Through Song” — CLICK HERE

ASHLAND DAILY TIDINGS (Cover)
Dec. 10, 2019: “Musicians give voice to marginalized people” — CLICK HERE

OREGON ARTSWATCH
Nov. 14, 2019: “Finding hope through music” — CLICK HERE

KTVL 10 TV NEWS
Oct. 2, 2019: “‘Pianos for Peace’ promote unity through the arts” — CLICK HERE

KOBI 5 TV NEWS
Sept. 25, 2019: “Phoenix high school students paint ‘Pianos for Peace’” CLICK HERE

ASHLAND DAILY TIDINGS
Sept. 25, 2019: “Painted pianos a highlight from Music for Peace week” CLICK HERE


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April 8

2021

  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Contact:
    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
EMAIL: CLICK HERE

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2021 Concert Season to be Released as Festival of Free Videos

ASHLAND, OR — Anima Mundi Productions, an Ashland-based performing arts nonprofit dedicated to producing and presenting new musical works that address urgent societal challenges, has converted the entire second season of their Heart of Humanity concert series into a series of four concert-length videos which will be released free to the public in the coming months starting on April 18, 2021. These videos, which Anima Mundi is calling A Time For Life: A Spring Video Festival, includes renowned performers such as Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, Portland-based professional choir Cappella Romana, and the elite LA-based HEX Vocal Ensemble, performing both new and classical works on environmental themes, as well as the world premiere of a new oratorio about Oregonians’ experiences of the COVID pandemic.

About the Heart of Humanity Series

The Heart of Humanity concert series, currently in its second season, is dedicated to bringing world-class musicians to Ashland to give voice to marginalized people with compassion and depth and turning the concert hall into a space for renewed hope, communal healing and mutual understanding. This season is focused on themes of environmental stewardship.

Season 2: A Time for Life

According to a statement on Anima Mundi Productions’ website:

The second season of our Heart of Humanity concert series celebrates the beauty of our natural world and inspires us to nurture the preciousness of all life on earth. As the relationship between humanity and our environment stands at a perilous crossroads, the regenerative power of the arts is more important than ever. Music, poetry, and the visual arts have the unique ability to reconnect us with our hearts, returning us to a state of peaceful equilibrium within ourselves and our community. Only then can we work together in common purpose to become better stewards of our planet.

A Special Encore Presentation of The Canticle of the Black Madonna

In addition to the release of three new videos, the festival will include free streaming of Anima Mundi Productions’ 2014 opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna by resident artists composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere. The opera, which tells the fictional story of an Army veteran struggling with PTSD during the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, was called “A huge achievement… generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate” by The Oregonian and “One of the most exciting developments of the arts season” by Oregon ArtsWatch.

How and When to Watch

Viewers can access the videos upon their release on Anima Mundi Productions’ website at www.humanitytickets.com. Each video will be released with a special ticketed launch event and will thereafter remain online for the duration of the festival with no ticket required:

Concert 1: A Time for Life
Featuring Cappella Romana
Begins streaming with a special launch event
Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 5:30 pm Pacific

Special Event: The Canticle of the Black Madonna
Begins streaming with a special launch event
Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 5:30 pm Pacific

Concert 2: Sky and All
Soprano Estelí Gomez and Guitarist Colin Davin
Begins streaming with a special launch event
Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 5:30 pm Pacific

Concert 3: Six Feet Apart, Stories of Resilience and Transformation
The Hex Vocal Ensemble
Begins streaming with a special launch event
Sunday, August 2, 2021at 5:30 pm Pacific

More about Six Feet Apart, a new multimedia oratorio drawn from real-life stories

Anima Mundi Productions is proud to be partnering with the Southern Oregon Historical Society and to have received consultation from other area nonprofits in our effort to collect and make available to the public a diverse cross-section of Oregonians’ experiences during the pandemic.

The stories collected for this project reflect the diversity of Oregonians’ pandemic experiences. Composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere and their collaborators collected stories via Zoom and phone calls as well as online submissions throughout the fall of 2020, including from students at H.B. Lee Middle School in Portland.

Current and Former Poets Laureate and a Renowned Artist

The Six Feet Apart project has also received submissions from three particularly renowned Oregonians: current and former poets laureate Anis Mojgani and Kim Stafford have contributed their poetry to the project, and artist Betty LaDuke has contributed images from her Pandemic Masks series, which will appear at key moments in the oratorio video.

Public Archive

All of the stories collected will be made available to the public online this summer in a new website which will be curated by the Southern Oregon Historical Society:

www.sixfeetapartstories.com

Learn more and watch concert videos at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066.

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Feb. 19

2021

  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Contact:
    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
EMAIL: CLICK HERE

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Updates on world premiere of new chamber opera based on the real-life stories of Southern Oregon Latino immigrants – now to be filmed in August 2021

Anima Mundi Productions, a Southern Oregon-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” is announcing a new production timeline for its new chamber opera, Dreams Have No Borders. Originally scheduled for April of 2020, then postponed for March 21, 2021, this unique new work will now be recorded as a video this summer and released as a film screening in a move theater in the fall of 2021 as soon as the COVID situation permits large gatherings.

CAST UPDATES
With the change of schedule, one cast member, Rafael Moras, was forced to withdraw from the project and has been replaced. The company welcomes tenor Daniel Montenegro in the role of Gabrielito, a young Honduran refugee fleeing the destruction of his family farm. Mr. Montenegro has performed leading roles with major companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and New York City Opera, and has been praised by the Washington Post for his “natural sense of phrasing, elegant line, lovely, evenly produced sound.”

The production also features soprano Estelí Gomez—nominated for two Grammy Awards and Grammy recipient for her work on Roomful of Teeth—and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte, a featured soloist on the Grammy-winning recording, Duruflé: Complete Choral Works, accompanied by the Delgani String Quartet, called “the state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon ArtsWatch. Also featured are the Teocalli Dancers, a Bay Area-based Aztec dance troupe.

ABOUT THE VIDEO
Dreams Have No Borders will be filmed in August 2021 following strict COVID-safe protocols and released as a film later in the year. The film will be directed by Oregon-based filmmaker Nick Alexander, who received wide renown for his debut documentary feature Illegal last year.

Creating and releasing Dreams Have No Borders as a film will offer the additional advantage of digital distribution and multiple screenings, allowing Anima Mundi Productions to share more widely this timely new work about the humanity of migrants seeking refuge.

OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL AND CABARET TALENT
This production also features stage director Valerie Rachelle and lighting designer Michael Stanfill of Oregon Cabaret Theatre, as well as video designer Omar Ramos, who has worked extensively at Oregon Shakespeare festival over the last 10 years.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF OPERA BASED ON OREGON’S IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY
For many people, the word “opera” conjures up images of powdered wigs, foreign languages, and arcane stories of centuries past and far-away lands. Dreams Have No Borders, by contrast, is based on the real-life stories the creators heard during a year spent interviewing Latino immigrants and collaborating with Latino-advocacy nonprofits and community leaders in the Rogue Valley. While the work they ultimately produced is a fictional story created by compositing those interviews, everything that happens to the characters in the opera happened in real life to the Rogue Valley residents they interviewed.

WHO ARE THE CREATORS?
Dreams Have No Borders is the creation of Anima Mundi Productions’ co-founders and resident artists Ethan Gans-Morse (composer) and Tiziana DellaRovere (poet). Local audiences attended their 2018 collaboration with the Rogue Valley Symphony, How Can You Own The Sky? which told the story of our region’s Native American legacy.

Dreams Have No Borders is their third operatic collaboration. Their 2014 opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna was hailed by The Oregonian as “A huge achievement… generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate. In a review of their second opera, Tango of the White Gardenia, Oregon ArtsWatch wrote “Its messages are loud and clear and humane, and the art is fine enough to carry them… Not only can Tango of the White Gardenia turn people onto the sometimes-alienating ancient art form of opera, it also suggests that we can become better people.”

THE HEART OF HUMANITY CONCERT SERIES
Heart of Humanity concerts normally take place at the Oregon Center for the Arts on the campus of Southern Oregon University. The mission of the series is to give voice to marginalized people with compassion and depth, turning the concert hall into a space for renewed hope, communal healing, and mutual understanding.

Due to the special circumstances caused by COVID-19, the entire 2020-21 season of the series is being filmed and released as a festival of online videos throughout 2021.

Learn more and watch concert videos at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066.

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Feb. 15

2021

  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Contact:
    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
EMAIL: CLICK HERE

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Anima Mundi Productions sets local pandemic stories to music in the world premiere of “Six Feet Apart: Stories of Resilience and Transformation”

ASHLAND, OR — This summer, Rogue Valley-based nonprofit Anima Mundi Productions will collaborate with an LA-based professional vocal ensemble called HEX to record and release a new multimedia choral oratorio called Six Feet Apart: Stories of Resilience and Transformation. This unique work harnesses the power of music, poetry, and art to amplify diverse voices and foster collective healing in Oregon and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic. This project will close out the second season of Anima Mundi’s Heart of Humanity concert series. The series is based in Ashland, but all the 2020-21 season will be released as online videos free of charge.

Important Partnerships

Anima Mundi Productions is proud to be partnering with the Southern Oregon Historical Society and to have received consultation from other area nonprofits in our effort to collect and make available to the public a diverse cross-section of Oregonians’ experiences during the pandemic.

Collecting Oregonians’ Pandemic Stories

The stories collected for this project reflect the diversity of Oregonians’ pandemic experiences. Composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere and their collaborators collected stories via Zoom and phone calls as well as online submissions throughout the fall of 2020, including from students at H.B. Lee Middle School in Portland.

Public Archive

All of the stories collected will be made available to the public online this summer in a new website being curated by the Southern Oregon Historical Society.

Current and Former Poets Laureate and a Renowned Artist

This project has also received submissions from three particularly renowned Oregonians: current and former poets laureate Anis Mojgani and Kim Stafford have contributed their poetry to the project, and artist Betty LaDuke has contributed images from her Pandemic Masks series, which will appear at key moments in the oratorio video.

Turning Pandemic Stories into Poetry and Music

Lead poet Tiziana DellaRovere has written the poetry based on the stories collected, and composer Ethan Gans-Morse is now setting these poems to music. The final oratorio will comprise DellaRovere’s poetry plus the special guest poetry contributed by Mojgani and Stafford, totaling nine poems in all that will be set to music. And all the stories—whether or not they’re set to music—will be made available via the Public Archive.

About the World Premiere

Six Feet Apart will culminate in the world premiere release of video featuring the performance of the HEX Ensemble, chamber instrumentation, and the artwork of Betty LaDuke.

“When the pandemic hit, and as weeks turned into months, we knew we had to do something,” said Gans-Morse, “As artists in our state, it felt like a call to action for Tiziana and me. Our experience has been that sharing our community’s stories through music can be profoundly healing. It is our hope that harnessing these stories and acknowledging the diverse and life-changing experiences of people from around our state will foster greater unity and appreciation for what our fellow Oregonians are going through.”

“Art and life intertwine to find solace in the sharing that exposes systemic injustices. Much to my surprise, when I am interviewing for these stories people thank me for listening and they tell me that they feel unburdened just by talking to me about their trauma,” said DellaRovere.

Six Feet Apart will also be accompanied by a live Q&A segment, during which attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the creative team. Following the premiere and Q&A, the video and accompanying compilation of pandemic stories will be shared free of charge.

Grant Support

This project was awarded a $15,880 Cultural Development Grant from Oregon Cultural Trust and a $3,888 Arts Build Communities Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. Anima Mundi Productions is grateful for their support and for that of our other sponsors: the Oregon Community Foundation, Miller Foundation, and Claudette and George Paige of Ashland.

Anima Mundi Productions presents
Six Feet Apart: Stories of Resilience and Transformation

WHEN: The finished piece will be released in summer of 2021 (specific date TBD)

WHERE: Online at https://www.sixfeetapartstories.com/

COST: World Premiere event with Q&A, $10/person. Thereafter, free.

About Anima Mundi Productions
The mission of Anima Mundi Productions is to create, promote, and produce new musical works that harness the power of the arts to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social and environmental problems by creating concerts and public arts events that support the personal and collective healing of at-risk segments of society such as those who have experienced trauma, abuse, discrimination, and other forms of injustice.

The mission of our Heart of Humanity concert series is to feature world-class musicians giving voice to marginalized people with compassion and depth, turning the concert hall into a space for renewed hope, communal healing and mutual understanding.

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Nov. 19

2019

  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Contact:
    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
EMAIL: CLICK HERE

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World-renowned baritone to perform “With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All” vocal recital in Ashland dedicated to themes of peace and reconciliation

Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” will present the second concert of its Heart of Humanity series—entitled With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All—at 3:00 on Sunday, January 12. The concert features Christòpheren Nomura, a classically trained baritone whose numerous career highlights include performances at the Vatican, on Broadway, and in the Martin Scorsese feature film, Madama Butterfly.

A FIRST-RATE PERFORMER

Mr. Nomura is known for the “force and beauty of his voice” (The Washington Post) and his “first-rate” performances (The New York Times). He has performed with many of the world’s greatest ensembles—including the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Oregon Bach Festival. He has given hundreds of acclaimed recitals including at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and San Francisco Performances. In 2015, he was featured in the original cast of the George Takei-led Broadway hit, Allegiance, which told the story of Japanese Internment Camps in the 1940’s.

WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE

With Malice Toward None, With Charity For All exemplifies Anima Mundi Productions’ commitment to fostering social healing through music. The title of the concert is based on the inspiring words of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address at the end of the Civil War, and this program will take audiences on a transformative journey out of the wounds of war and into an uplifting portrayal of hope for a better world. Mr. Nomura will speak from the stage about how the music he has selected exemplifies the power of song to reconcile the damage caused by conflict between people and between nations alike.

TWO WORLD PREMIERES

In addition to singing works by classically renowned composers such as Brahms, Copland, and Barber, Mr. Nomura will present the World Premieres of two new songs by local composers: The Legend of Leaving by Jodi French of Southern Oregon Repertory Singers (poetry by Oregon’s former Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada) and Dragons into Angels by Anima Mundi resident composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere.

Local audiences will recognize Mr. Nomura from his past appearances with the Rogue Valley Symphony, the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, and the Chamber Music Concerts series.

THE HEART OF HUMANITY CONCERT SERIES

All Heart of Humanity concerts take place at the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on Mountain Ave. on the campus of Southern Oregon University.

The Heart of Humanity concert series is distinguished for its strong emphasis on addressing an urgent social theme at each concert, often through the creation and premiere of new and inspiring concert works by composers who are directly involved in the concert. The stated mission of the series is to give voice to marginalized people with compassion and depth, turning the concert hall into a space for renewed hope, communal healing, and mutual understanding.

In October, Anima Mundi Productions brought composer, pianist, and peace activist Malek Jandali to the Rogue Valley to launch “Pianos for Peace Oregon,” which involved the placement of artistically painted pianos in downtown Ashland and a week of “Peace through Music” events that culminated in a riveting performance by the Malek Jandali Trio that touched local audiences deeply.

Tickets are on sale at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066.

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Oct. 1

2019

  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Contact:
    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
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Painted pianos, appearance by Sen. Jeff Golden, mark launch of Pianos for Peace Oregon

Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” has partnered with Atlanta-based nonprofit Pianos for Peace to launch Pianos for Peace Oregon, a weeklong festival of painted pianos and free “peace through music”-themed events in Ashland, Oregon. The week will be capped with a concert on October 6 by Malek Jandali, the founder of Pianos for Peace and a Syrian-American composer, pianist, and peace activist who arrives in the Rogue Valley today.

Painted pianos come to downtown Ashland

Anima Mundi Productions installed two pianos in downtown Ashland on Monday, September 30. The first, featuring a “Garden of Peace” theme, was painted by local professional artists and is situated in front of the Black Swan Theatre on the corner of Pioneer and E. Main. The second was painted by Phoenix High School students and can be found in Lithia Park near the playground. Passerbys of all ages have expressed their delight to come across the pianos and learn that they can be played by anyone.

Anima Mundi Productions executive director Ethan Gans-Morse said, “The community has shown such a heartwarming response to these pianos. There’s a special kind of magic just watching how these pianos brighten people’s day through the gift of art and music.”

The pianos will remain downtown through Monday, October 7.

Free public launch event features live music and special guests

Anima Mundi Productions hosts a Pianos for Peace Oregon launch event on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:30 pm at the Thalden Pavilion across the street from Ashland Middle School on Walker Ave. This event, which acknowledges all the contributors who have made this program possible, will feature musical performances by world-class pianist and composer Malek Jandali, as well as famed composer Michael Silversher and the Rogue Valley Peace Choir. Malek Jandali will also present his annual Pianos for Peace Ambassador award to Oregon Senator Jeff Golden in recognition of a career dedicated to promoting peace.

Tickets to Anima Mundi’s Heart of Humanity concert series are on sale at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066. Information about Pianos for Peace, including both professional and community photos, at www.PianosforPeaceOregon.org

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Anima Mundi Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating, promoting, and producing original works that harness the power of art to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

For further press inquiries, please contact executive director Ethan Gans-Morse:
541-778-1211 or ethan@animamundiproductions.com

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Sept. 5

2019

  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Contact:
    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
EMAIL: CLICK HERE

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Local Arts Nonprofit Presents “Pianos for Peace” and a Week of Peace through Music Event

UPDATE SEPT. 30, 2019: Upon the completion of Pianos for Peace Oregon, one piano will be donated to the Armadillo Technical Institute in Phoenix, Oregon; the other will be donated to the Phoenix Civic Center.

Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” proudly announces Peace Through Music, a week of free events featuring Syrian-American pianist, composer, and peace activist Malek Jandali, culminating in a formal concert at SOU on October 6.

  • September 30-October 7: Lithia Park and Corner of S. Pioneer and E. Main
    Pianos for Peace Oregon
    Anima Mundi Productions will make available two beautifully painted pianos for the general public to view and play during a week-long “Pianos for Peace” Festival in downtown Ashland. One piano, to be found in front of the Black Swan Theatre at the corner of S. Pioneer and E. Main streets, has been painted by a team of professional artists led by local painters Judy Grillo and Tiziana DellaRovere. A second piano, to be found near the playground in Lithia Park, has been painted by students of art teacher Jessica Rollins at North Phoenix High School. More information about Pianos for Peace further below in this Release.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 3:30-4:30 pm: Thalden Pavilion on Walker Ave.
    Pianos for Peace Oregon Launch Event
    Anima Mundi Productions presents a brief program of musical performances by Malek Jandali, Michael Silversher, and the Rogue Valley Peace Choir. This “ribbon-cutting” event is produced in collaboration with the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission and marks the formal launch of Pianos for Peace Oregon. The program includes acknowledgment of the many visual artists who worked on the project, as well as the bestowal of Malek Jandali’s annual Pianos for Peace award to a Rogue Valley citizen in recognition of a career dedicated to promoting peace through the arts.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 7:00-8:30 pm: Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N Mountain Ave.
    Peace through Music Interfaith Event
    Anima Mundi Productions and the Havurah Shir Hadash Synagogue present an interfaith presentation on the theme of overcoming conflict through music. Malek Jandali will share profoundly moving stories of traveling the world to preserve the musical heritage of his native Syria through his compositions which incorporate ancient melodies from Aleppo, Damascus, and other stops on the Silk Road.
  • Thursday, October 3: JPR radio (the program runs between 8:00-10:00 am)
    Jefferson Exchange
    Malek will appear on the Jefferson Exchange morning program to talk about Pianos for Peace, his musical work, and his week of performances in Ashland.
  • Thursday, October 3, 7:00-8:30 pm: Peace House, 543 S. Mountain Ave.
    Overcoming War’s Impact On Culture
    Peace House Director Elizabeth Hallett will moderate a discussion featuring Malek Jandali and members of the Rogue Valley Peace Community discussing how culture—while at risk of being annihilated by war—is nevertheless a powerful resource for promoting peace, even in the context of Syria’s ongoing brutal Civil War.
  • Sunday, October 6: 3:00 pm: SOU Music Recital Hall, 450 S Mountain Ave.
    Peace Through Music: The Malek Jandali Trio
    Malek’s time in Ashland concludes with a formal recital program of his original works. He will be joined by two longtime Ashland favorites, cellist Michal Palzewicz and former OSF musician and SOU professor David Rogers, who will perform on the oud, the Middle-Eastern ancestor of the lute. This is the only event requiring a paid ticket, which can be purchased at humanitytickets.com or by calling (541) 833-3066.

Pianos for Peace Oregon
Malek Jandali is the founder of Pianos for Peace, an Atlanta-based non-profit that runs an annual open festival of music using pianos painted by local artists and placed in public spaces for all to play and enjoy in order to unite people in the community. To date, Pianos for Peace has partnered with more than 20 non-profit organizations, engaged more than 50 artists in community volunteer programs, and donated 95 pianos to local community-based organizations in metro Atlanta.

Anima Mundi Productions is proud to collaborate with Mr. Jandali to create our Ashland-based Pianos for Peace Oregon program. More information at PianosforPeace.org and animamundiproductions.com/p4p

Pianos for Peace Oregon is generously sponsored by Sarah and Bill Epstein. Additional funding for Malek’s performances in Ashland is made possible by grants from the Jackson County Cultural Coalition of the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation.

The Heart of Humanity Concert Series
Peace Through Music: The Malek Jandali Trio is the first concert in a new series which will debut this fall in Ashland. All of these concerts will take place in the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on Mountain Ave. on the campus of Southern Oregon University. The upcoming 2019-2020 season will be the inaugural year for this series, with concerts planned on October 6, 2019, January 12, 2020, and April 26, 2020.

Our concert co-sponsors for Peace Through Music: The Malek Jandali Trio are James Collier and Rita Reitz.

The Heart of Humanity concert series is distinguished for its strong emphasis on addressing an urgent social theme at each concert, often through the creation and premiere of new and inspiring concert works by composers who are directly involved in the concert.

Tickets to the inaugural season of The Heart of Humanity concert series are on sale at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066.

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Anima Mundi Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating, promoting, and producing original works that harness the power of art to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

For further press inquiries, please contact executive director Ethan Gans-Morse:
541-778-1211 or ethan@animamundiproductions.com

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Aug. 15

2019

  • Phoenix, Oregon
  • Contact:
    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
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Rogue Valley-Based Arts Organization Awarded $25,000 OCF Grant to Produce
Dreams Have No Borders

Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” was one of only two Southern Oregon non-profits to receive the Oregon Community Foundation’s highly competitive “Creative Heights” grant for 2019, the other being the Britt Festival.

According to the OCF, each year, OCF provides Creative Heights Grants to up to 15 of the most innovative and culturally impactful proposals by artists and groups across Oregon.

“The Creative Heights Initiative puts philanthropic dollars to work as innovation capital in the arts sector. Allowing artists to take creative risks on new work is essential to the overall arts, culture and heritage health of the state of Oregon,” said Jerry Tischleder, OCF’s Program Officer for Arts and Culture. “We celebrate their ingenuity, passion and efforts to create vibrant and accessible arts opportunities for all people throughout the state.”

Anima Mundi Productions received Creative Heights funding to support the creation and world premiere performance of a new musical work called Dreams Have No Borders, a narrative song cycle for three singers and string quartet which will premiere in Ashland on Sunday, April 26 at the SOU Music Recital Hall. The piece is based on a year of interviews that the creators of the work conducted with Latino immigrants in the Rogue Valley, which were then composited into a fictional story by resident author Tiziana DellaRovere and set to music by resident composer Ethan Gans-Morse with support from local nonprofits such as Unite Oregon.

The world premiere performance will feature world-class talent, including a Grammy-winning soprano, singers from Houston Grand Opera, and the Delgani String Quartet, called “The state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon ArtsWatch. This project has also received funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Miller Foundation, and the Carpenter Foundation.

Anima Mundi executive director and project composer Ethan Gans-Morse said, “This project represents everything we seek to accomplish as an organization—it stands at the intersection of the fine arts and the urgent need to tell the stories of marginalized people in our community. We’re profoundly grateful to receive the support of the Oregon Community Foundation.”

The Heart of Humanity Concert Series
The world premiere performance of Dreams Have No Borders will be the final concert in the first season of the Heart of Humanity series, a new concert series which Anima Mundi Productions is launching in Ashland. All of these concerts will take place in the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on Mountain Ave. on the campus of Southern Oregon University. The upcoming 2019-2020 season will be the inaugural year for this series, with concerts planned on October 6, 2019, January 12, 2020, and April 26, 2020.

The Heart of Humanity concert series is distinguished for its strong emphasis on addressing an urgent social theme at each concert, often through the creation and premiere of new and inspiring concert works by composers who are directly involved in the concert.

Tickets to the inaugural season of The Heart of Humanity concert series are on sale at www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066.

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Anima Mundi Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating, promoting, and producing original works that harness the power of art to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

For further press inquiries, please contact executive director Ethan Gans-Morse:
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June 22

2019

  • Ashland, Oregon
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    Ethan Gans-Morse
  • Phone: 541-778-1211
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Local Arts Organization Launches New Socially Oriented Concert Series in Ashland

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Anima Mundi Productions, a Rogue Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “healing the soul of the world through the arts,” proudly announces its new Heart of Humanity concert series which will debut this fall in Ashland. All Heart of Humanity concerts will take place in the Oregon Center for the Arts Music Recital Hall on Mountain Ave. on the campus of Southern Oregon University.

The upcoming 2019-2020 season will be the inaugural year for this series, with concerts planned on October 6, 2019, January 12, 2020, and April 26, 2020.

The Heart of Humanity concert series is distinguished for its strong emphasis on addressing an urgent social theme at each concert, often through the creation and premiere of new and inspiring concert works by composers who are directly involved in the concert, including Rogue Valley-based composer Ethan Gans-Morse, poet Tiziana DellaRovere and pianist/composer Jodi French. The series features internationally renowned performers, including Estelí Gomez, a Grammy-award winning soprano; mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte; tenor Rafael Moras; the Delgani String Quartet, which has been hailed as “the state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon ArtsWatch; and Malek Jandali, a Syrian-American composer/pianist whose work has been called “a major new addition to the 21st century symphonic literature” by Fanfare Magazine. Each concert will be followed by discussion about the concert’s theme with the opportunity for dialogue with the audience.

At the series opening concert, entitled “Peace Through Music,” on October 6, 2019, Anima Mundi Productions will present the Malek Jandali Trio. Malek Jandali, an award-winning composer and “acclaimed pianist” (BBC WorldNews) will present an afternoon of his original compositions inspired by the musical heritage of his native Syria. Mr. Jandali’s compositions incorporate ancient melodies from Aleppo, Damascus, and other stops on the Silk Road, echoing UNESCO’s call to preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of Syria and the Silk Road at a time when it is being eradicated. Mr. Jandali’s trio includes local cellist Michal Palzewicz and Eugene-based David Rogers on oud, the Middle Eastern ancestor of the lute. Mr. Jandali is the founder of Pianos for Peace, an annual open festival of music using pianos beautifully painted by local artists and place in public spaces for all to play and enjoy in order to unite people in the community. Anima Mundi Productions is proud to collaborate with Mr. Jandali to bring Pianos for Peace to Ashland in the weeks preceding his October 6 concert.

For the second concert in the series, entitled “With Malice Toward None, With Charity for All,” Anima Mundi Productions will present baritone Christopheren Nomura accompanied by pianists Daniel Lockert and Ashland pianist Jodi French. Mr. Nomura will present an unforgettable recital of classical and popular works that explore the pressing topic of healing the wounds of war and restoring compassion. Repertoire will include the world premiere of new works by Jodi French and Anima Mundi resident artists Ethan Gans-Morse and Tiziana DellaRovere. Known for the “force and beauty of his voice,” (The Washington Post) and “first rate” performances (The New York Times) as well as his personal charm, Mr. Nomura will take audiences on a healing journey through song. Mr. Nomura is a long-time Rogue Valley favorite, who was last heard in the Valley on the Rogue Valley Symphony’s 50th Anniversary Gala.

For the final concert of the series, entitled Dreams Have No Borders, on April 26, 2020, Anima Mundi Productions will present the world premiere of the newest work by composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere. This narrative song cycle about immigration is based on the real-life stories of Oregon’s migrant families as told to Gans-Morse and DellaRovere in interviews held throughout 2018 and 2019. Featuring Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Duarte and tenor Rafael Moras, accompanied by the Delgani String Quartet, Dreams Have No Borders follows a young mother’s harrowing journey to create a better life for herself and her family. The creation of Dreams Have No Borders has been supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Mr. Gans-Morse and Ms. DellaRovere’s previous work, entitled “How Can You Own the Sky,” was commissioned by the Rogue Valley Symphony for its 50th season-closing concert in April 2018, which was met with enormous enthusiasm by sold-out audiences in Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass.

Subscription season tickets to the inaugural season of The Heart of Humanity concert series are now on sale by visiting www.HumanityTickets.com or by calling 541-833-3066. Single tickets will go on sale on July 1, 2019.

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Anima Mundi Productions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating, promoting, and producing original works that harness the power of art to stir the soul, foster community, and address urgent social problems.

For further inquiries, please contact executive director Ethan Gans-Morse: 541-778-1211.

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