“I continue to compose and re-interpret older songs, always looking to capture and share cultural knowledge that helps us to be better human beings.”
Fatu Gayflor (b. 1964) learned music, dance, and traditional arts at an early age in rural Liberia. By the age of 14, she was a full-time performing artist, dubbed “Princess Fatu” by Liberian President William R. Tolbert, due to her extraordinary singing ability. After two civil wars in her home country, Gayflor immigrated to Philadelphia to start anew. Since then, she has strived to pursue her traditional practice and to connect with the Liberian community through music. She states that her goal is “to use singing and songwriting to build cooperation and community among Liberians.” Gayflor has recorded three albums, most recently The Princess Diaries, which was produced in Philadelphia. She has received awards from the Leeway Foundation and from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She is a veteran of Liberia’s national ensemble, the Kendeja National Cultural Troupe.
Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk will initiate collaborations that reimagine Philadelphia’s changing landscape through a series of installations and events across the city, laying the foundation for an installation that will activate the Museum’s Perelman Building.
Thomas Dan is a multimedia artist and a 1995 Pew Fellow.
The Philadelphia Singers is a professional choral ensemble with a commitment to preserving and strengthening America’s rich choral heritage.
Mufulu Kingambo Gilonda is a dance artist and a 2004 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.
Network for New Music commissioned six new works for the Network Ensemble that paired composers with visual artists.
The New Year brings to the region an exciting array of Center-funded projects that promise to inspire, inform, and captivate audiences—from interdisciplinary works that blur boundaries in imaginative ways to unique commissions from international artists.
In 1989 the Center awarded grants to 13 music organizations in the greater Philadelphia region, including the Painted Bride Art Center and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Built in 1836, Laurel Hill was one of the country’s first rural cemeteries. In the 21st century, the cemetery attracts visitors to musical programs, tours, photography programs, and more.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts will premiere a new work by Philadelphia composer Uri Caine, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, guest soloists, a 250-voice gospel choir, and praise dancers.
Percussionist and Pew Fellow Pablo Batista presents El Viaje (The Journey), a new performance work.
The Winter 2013 issue of Trust, the official magazine of The Pew Charitable Trusts, features The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage’s artist residency program, established with arts colonies throughout North America.
Julia Wolfe explains how she transformed the historical nuggets of her research into a 45-minute live performance by the 140-voice Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia.