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con*sil"i*ence, n: from the latin, consilere, formed from con,"with," and "salire," to leap; an interlocking of explanations of cause and effect between disciplines. An act of concurrence; coherence; jumping together.

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"Consilience Awareness Concert Series"

This ongoing series continues our "Live Jazz for Social Change" message and features a set of music followed by a panel discussion and/or presentation by a Social Change organization. Our goal has been to increase civic engagement by partnering with various venues like the VoxPop Cafe in Brooklyn, NY, in a festive afternoon that's both fun and informative!

November 2009

Consilience Awareness Concert Series:  Hip-Hop Meets Physics!

Our first in a series of concerts that uses music to raise awareness and inspire participation in our "dialogue BEYOND music!"

This one took place in November 2009 at the VoxPop Cafe in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, and featured Sam Hillmer - founder of the music production company, Representing NYC!, and community activist/ artist teacher who helps aspiring young rap musicians realize their calling to record CDs and perform all around the New York City Tri-State area; Weldon MacDonald - New York City public school physics teacher who started a robotics club at his school; and the rap group with whom Sam works called Nine 11 Thesaurus (featuring Shasty, P.Dot, and Breezy).

Following the quartet's performance, Sam and Weldon compared and contrasted mentorship models they use to direct and inspire their students. The event concluded with an awesome hip-hop performance by Nine 11 Thesaurus!

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January 2010

Consilience Awareness Concert Series: SolarOne

The second installment featured a presentation by Chris Neidl, advocacy coordinator from Solar1.org - a New York City solar and alternative energy advocacy non-profit. Chris discussed Solar One's mission of bringing a more sustainable, solar-powered, future to residents of New York City through directed activism and individual energy conservation. He attended the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and spoke about the repercussions from that major world event!


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February 2010

Consilience Awareness Concert Series: The $10 Club

Our third installment was focused on the fantastic 501(3)(c) from Washington, D.C., called The $10 Club. Run single-handily by Adam Roberts, this organization is funded by over 350 "club" members, each donating $10 a month to help those less fortunate around the world. The money is pooled with all the other contributors' money, and 100% is used to fund a poverty alleviation project in a developing country.

Roberts administers the club, but does not draw any remuneration. For the first two-and-a-half years, all costs associated with running the organization came out of his pocket. Now, foundation grants and additional member contributions help underwrite operational expenses. Says Adam, "The mission of the $10 Club is to lift people out of poverty wherever we can across the globe."

Adam's "little" club has donated over $250,000 in over 60 countries since 2002! To learn more about The $10 Club and start contributing, visit his site now.


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March 2010

Consilience Awareness Concert Series: Sustainable Flatbush

Immediately following the quartet's performance in Part IV of our series, we introduced Anne Pope, founder and executive director of Sustainable Flatbush, who spoke to the audience about the highly effective local Brooklyn organization she runs.

Committed to mobilizing, educating, and advocating for sustainable living in Brooklyn and beyond, Sustainable Flatbush has been spearheading environmental awareness in Ditmas Park for almost five years now. Many at VoxPop had participated in past events sponsored by the group, and it was wonderful to have Anne speak to us about all the opportunities to get involved in future grass roots events in the neighborhood.

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May 2010

Consilience Awareness Concert Series: Common Cause

Our fifth in a series of concerts that uses music to raise awareness and inspire participation in our "dialogue BEYOND music!"

This one featured a presentation by Theo Moore - Communications and Outreach Coordinator with Common Cause, New York. Theo's presentation detailed how Common Cause fulfills its mission of "Holding Power Accountable." Specifically, he spoke about the new methods by which we can track the Federal stimulus money being dispersed across New York State, and also prison-based gerrymandering.

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June 2010

Consilience Awareness Concert Series: Citizen Action

Our sixth in a series of concerts that uses music to raise awareness and inspire participation in our "dialogue BEYOND music!"

Immediately following the quartet's performance, Jonathan Grindell, community organizer with Citizen Action of New York & CampaignMoney.org, spoke about the recent Supreme Court ruling - "Citizen United" - which was the landmark ruling that found that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited under the First Amendment. Specifically, he spoke about the movement across the country towards Clean Elections-style public financing.

Video coming soon!

Note: All events at The Vox Pop Cafe' made possible by the generous support of The Puffin Foundation
and The Pajwell Foundation.
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February 2011

Consilience Awareness Concert Series: Citymeals on Wheels & Coalition for the Homeless

In our seventh in a series of concerts that uses music to raise awareness and inspire participation, we decided to branch out into the singer/songwriter idiom and featured two fantastic vocalists: Carolyn Leonhart & Christelle Durandy.

This one took place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, at Pinkerton Wine Bar and featured presentations by Josh Klinski from Coalition for the Homeless & Vivienne Brown-O'neill from Citymeals on Wheels. Both spoke about the urgent need to help those less fortunate, especially in the middle of the frigid New York City February winter.

Musical performances by:

Carolyn Leonhart (vocals) & Yotam Silberstein (guitar)
Christelle Durandy (vocals) & Pete Smith (guitar)

 Note: Made possible by the generous support of The Pajwell Foundation.
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July 2011

Consilience Awareness Concert Series: Classical meets GrowNYC.org meets The Blues!

In our eighth in a series of concerts that uses music to raise awareness and inspire participation, we decided to branch out further into a new venue (Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music) featuring classical music and the blues/roots genre:

Roger Lent & Irv Grossman, performing "Theo Charlier Duets for Trumpet."

Mark Wade (bass), James Pedersen (cello), & Jen-Hsuan Liao (viola), performing the WORLD PREMIER of "X'88" by Johannes Fritsch!

David Wechsler (flute), performing "8 Pieces for Solo Flute" by Paul Hindemith & "Image" by Eugene Bozza.

Chris Bergson - Blues master!

Immediately preceding the music, Amanda Gentile, Communications Director of GrowNYC.org, detailed how her organization has been advocating for over 40 years for greener communities all over New York City. Opportunities to volunteer and contribute to their important activities were also discussed.

Video coming soon!

Note: Made possible by the generous support of The Pajwell Foundation.
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October 2011

Consilience Awareness Concert Series: Kiva Meets Karlie!

The 9th in our continuing series of concerts that uses music to inspire participation in social change, this evening featured a short presentation by Valbona Bushi from the Kiva New York Lending Team - the New York Chapter of Kiva.org - followed by a special performance by the wonderful singer/songwriter, Karlie Bruce (accompanied by guitarist, Chris Parello).

Taking place at the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, the evening was especially intimate as it featured Karlie's crystal clear vocals and Chris' wonderfully emotive guitar accompaniment. The focus was the micro-finance industry and how it is helping to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty around the globe.

Video coming soon!

Note: Made possible by the generous support of The Pajwell Foundation.

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