About this Event
Boston-based percussionist, composer, educator, and producer, Julian Loida, has released his new full- length album, Giverny, via Gratitude Sound. Loida’s range of sound and genre exploration is largely a product of his synesthesia music is a literal full body experience for him, with sounds often invoking involuntary sensations of color, texture, or even taste. For Julian Loida, music is a visual art.
“Giverny is the small town outside of Paris where Claude Monet lived, worked, and changed the world through his paintings,” Loida explains. “The light in this town is soft and warm, where ‘golden hour’ is all day, serene. I visited twice in the spring and fall and when this music came to me, the sound and feeling of this piece reminded me of Giverny, the light, the feeling of walking through this artist's gardens and grounds.” Loida wants listeners to experience music with all of their senses, and with Giverny, he has created an 11-song sensory feast.
The songs are layered with textures and color, the movement of the music conveying its sentiment. Songs like “Beautiful Way” indicate light reflecting off of glass, the sun rising in the morning, or running your fingers through your partner’s hair. The delicate push and pull of “Waves” evokes the feeling of water on the skin. Working with artists of all disciplines, Loida regularly collaborates with choreographers to compose music for dance performances. For him, it’s another way to appeal to the senses, having his music interpreted through the physical movements of dancers. Loida created several dance films for songs on Giverny.
Curiosity, open-mindedness, and passion for music on a visceral level have propelled Loida toward a wide range of experiences and endeavors. In all of his work, his goal is to break down artistic barriers and use music as a tool for healing. He endeavors to excite students about various modes of percussion (which includes piano as a percussive instrument), music, and all other expressive art forms.
For over two years, Loida ran the Children's Program for Shelter Music Boston, bringing music and trauma-informed educational programming to children and families experiencing homelessness and financial insecurity in Greater Boston. In 2021, The Peace Studio, founded by Maya Soetoro, awarded Loida membership in their 2021 Creative Peacebuilder fellowship, an international cohort of artists whose careers are centered around global justice and peace. Since then, he has continued to bring trauma-informed education and healing experiences to schools and communities through drumming classes or accompanying yoga classes. He serves on the board of B Free Wellness on Cape Cod, whose mission is to transform lives by providing free or low-cost services including movement, mindfulness, and coaching programs to those whose lives have been affected by trauma, addiction and oppression. He has toured internationally, performed at some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S., and with groups such as Alarm Will Sound, Castle of Our Skins, Parsonsfield, the Callithumpian Consort, Alkinoos Ioannidis, Veronica Robles, Fabiola Mendez, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, The New Bedford Symphony, and MassOpera.
Giverny is available digitally for purchase and streaming on all major platforms, and available on vinyl HERE: https://gratitudesoundmusic.ffm.to/giverny
Learn more at JulianLoida.com
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Médiathèque Musicale Mahler, 11bis Rue de Vézelay, Paris, France