Emerald City Music

Emerald City Music is a chamber music series based in Upper Left USA – Seattle and Olympia, Washington – created by Artistic Director Kristin Lee and Executive Director Andrew Goldstein. Kristin constructed seven themed programs for the inaugural season, which started in September 2016.

Learn more at www.emeraldcitymusic.org

Double Helix

On April 25, 2014, LiveConnections and Astral Artists presented violinist Kristin Lee and special guests in an imaginative chamber music collaboration. Kristin's "Double Helix" project featured world premieres by composers whom Kristin commissioned to write new works for unusual pairings of violin with another instrument.

Double Helix

"This program sums up the key elements as to what I believe is important in music, or any art form-- exploration, inspiration, and collaboration. We explore by listening to the different types of music, whether it may be written three hundred years ago or this past month. When we experience this variety of music in one setting, it allows us to have an open mind and different perspectives. We are inspired by this experience which evokes new ideas and curiosity. We then bring these creative ideas together by collaborating and thereby forming a shared new level of understanding and appreciation." – Kristin Lee


PATRICK CASTILLO – Dreamers often lie for violin and spoken words
SHOBANA RAGHAVAN – In the Air for violin, South Indian carnatic voice, and percussion
ANDY AKIHO – Deciduous for violin and steel pan
VIVIAN FUNG – Twist for violin and guitar
JAKUB CIUPINSKI – Glitch for violin and "hacked" theremin


Double Helix, The Documentary

Featuring performing artists: Kristin Lee, violin; Patrick Castillo, spoken words; Bridget Kibbey, harp; John Hadfield, percussion; Shobana Raghavan, South Indian carnatic singing; Ian Rosenbaum, steel pan; Jason Vieaux, guitar

Film by Zac Nicholson

Double Helix, World Premiere in Philadelphia

Kristin performed with Patrick Castillo, spoken word; Jakub Ciupiński, theremin; John Hadfield, percussion; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Shobana Raghavan, South Indian Carnatic singing; Ian Rosenbaum, steel pan; and Jason Vieaux, guitar.

The concert featured world premieres by composers Andy Akiho, Patrick Castillo, Jakub Ciupiński, Vivian Fung and Shobana Raghavan.