ClimateKeys Comes to Abq

ClimateKeys pianists around the world are pairing with artists and climate experts to increase and stimulate conversations about climate change.

Chatter’s Las Puertas location will host the Albuquerque concert which features: Alexander Schwarzkopf, Composer and Pianist, John Barney, Poet and Artist, Reese Baker, event speaker, and Mark LaClaire, farmer, climate advocate, and the event’s conversation facilitator.

Date: November 14th, 7-9 PM (Doors open at 6 PM)

Location: Chatter, 1512 1st St NW, ABQ

General Admin $20, Students $10

After the initial performances, Mark LaClaire, co-founder of We Are One River, will speak about critical climate concerns here in New Mexico, including efforts to stop fracking in Greater Chaco and the need for increasing land, air and water protections across the state.

Mark will also facilitate a conversation on climate with the audience – which is where the idea for ClimateKeys originated.

Lola Perrin, Composer Pianist and ClimateKeys founder organized the musical events – the keyboard conversations across the world, to coincide with COP23, the climate change summit in Bonn, Germany.

A successful event in London led Perrin to believe that “talking about climate change needs to move into the center of all we do, and so scores of concert pianists are now putting the conversation into the heart of their concerts.”

According to the Yale Program on ‘Climate Change Communication’ (via Grist), most people “shy away from talking about the climate simply because they don’t hear others discussing it….And though over 61% of U.S. Americans say global warming is personally important to them, 68% rarely talk about it and only 18% talk about it on a monthly basis.”

According to George Marshall, the British environmental campaigner and climate communications specialist, “the single most powerful thing an individual can do about climate change is to talk about it”.

And music and poetry have a special role to play in opening us up to difficult conversations, but also to more positive narratives. One of the pieces Alex will introduce to the audience is called: Liquid Piano, “an inquiry into the process, form and movement of water.” According to Alex, “the concepts and ideas explored in Liquid Piano are the result of his need to convey thoughts on some prominent effects of climate change and the importance of music in the process of healing our planet.”

For more information on ClimateKeys:

To hear an interview with Alexander and 350 Eugene co-founder, Deb McGee,mom their upcoming performance in Eugene, Oregon:

All proceeds benefit ‘Common Ground Rising’s Citizen Science Project’
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Find the event on our Facebook Page and let us know if you’ll be there to join the conversation!

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