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  • A Pacific Ocean islander, native wearing a decorative headdress and shell jewelry, holds a pan flute and looks off into the distance.

Small Island Big Song

7:30 pm Thursday, April 7, 2022

Hear the people who sing for the sea. Small Island Big Song unites islanders, who share an ancient seafaring ancestry and language, in a contemporary musical statement from a region on the frontline of cultural and environmental challenges. 

The Small Island Big Song spring 2022 North American tour features a multimedia concert and residency at Penn State with instrumentalists and vocalists from the nations of New Zealand, Taiwan, Australia, Madagascar, Solomon Islands, Mauritius, Marshall Islands, Papa New Guinea, and Tahiti.

Small Island Big Song evolved from visits to sixteen island nations by Australian filmmaker and music producer Tim Cole and Taiwanese film producer BaoBao Chen. They worked with more than 100 artists, elders, community groups, and grassroots musicians. The result is a stunning collaboration reuniting the distant yet interconnected musical traditions of the Pacific and Indian oceans.

In 2018, the collaboration launched its fair trade and climate action-driven project through social, audio, film, and performance content on a global scale. The group’s self-titled debut album is a Fair Trade Music release with 50 percent of the net profit going back to artists and non-governmental organizations. 

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Adult $38
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $28

This presentation is part of The Reflection Project, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

support provided by
Penn State International Dance Ensemble Endowment

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, April 7, 2022

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints seating is available on a first-arrival basis.