Gaita (Galician bagpipe) superstar and member of the Silkroad Ensemble Cristina Pato and critically-acclaimed violinist and composer Mazz Swift use stirring music and performance to shed light on the experiences of forgotten communities. INVISIBLE(s) is a truly unique performance that shows how the work of groundbreaking artists can respond to challenges.
Galician bagpiper, pianist, educator, writer & producer. Cristina Pato is a master of the Galician bagpipes (gaita), a classical pianist, and a passionate educator. Hailed as “a virtuosic burst of energy” by the New York Times, her professional life is devoted to cultural exchange and forging new paths for the Galician bagpipe. Cristina has performed on major stages throughout the world and has released and produced six solo gaita albums and two solo piano recordings, and collaborated on more than 40 albums as a guest artist. Education is a critical part of Cristina’s personal and professional life. She serves as Learning Advisor for Silkroad (founded by Yo-Yo Ma), has been an artist-in-residence at a number of universities, including Harvard University and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she develops interdisciplinary learning projects on the role of arts in society. She is the founder of the multidisciplinary Galician Connection Festival, and writes a weekly column for the Spanish newspaper, La Voz de Galicia. An active performer, lecturer and public speaker, Cristina holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rutgers University, degrees in piano, music theory, and chamber music from the Conservatorio de Musica del Liceu, and a Master of Fine Arts (Digital Arts) from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Cristina is getting her second PhD in Cultural Studies and has co-created a groundbreaking pilot class on Memory with neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Kosik. In 2019 Dr. Pato was appointed as the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization at New York University.
Violin/Vox/Freestyle Composition artist Mazz Swift is critically acclaimed as one of America's most talented and versatile performers today, engaging audiences worldwide with her signature weaving of composition and improvisation called MazzMuse. She is a singer, composer, arranger and Juilliard-trained violinist who has performed and recorded with a diverse accumulation of artists including The Silkroad Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, James “Blood” Ulmer, Matana Roberts, Vernon Reid, Jim Black, Valerie June, DJ Logic, William Parker, Butch Morris, Peter Evans, Jason Lindner, Kanye West, Common, Jay-Z, D'Angelo and Idina Menzel. Mazz has performed and taught workshops in free improvisation on six continents, having traveled to Suriname, Mozambique, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Albania and Siberia as cultural ambassador at the invitation of the United States Department of State. She is also a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall's “Future Music” and “Lullaby” programs, where she coaches an ensemble of talented teens from every corner of NYC, writes lullabies with incarcerated mothers and mothers-to-be, and leads professional development sessions on improvisation for professional symphony orchestra members and their students. Mazz sits on the artistic board for the Jersey City-based chamber music collective, Con Vivo, and is also a proud performing member of that organization. Two of her compositions are featured on Con Vivo's full length CD, Modern Dances, one of which is a piece dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin and his family, entitled "Invisible".