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Breathing Pavilion:
A Weekly Music Series
Melanie Charles

Breathing Pavilion, Ekene Ijeoma (2021). Photo: Kris Graves

Featuring wind and percussion jazz musicians in meditative sets, solo artists interact with Ekene Ijeoma’s immersive art installation Breathing Pavilion. Designed to promote interconnectedness and self-reflection, Breathing Pavilion offers a safe and peaceful sanctuary at a time when many have experienced hardship or loss.

Featured artist:
Melanie Charles | Flute

Melanie Charles is a Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, actress, and flutist of Haitian descent, with a creative fluidity spanning jazz, soul, experimental, and Haitian roots music. Her first full-length recording, “The Girl with the Green Shoes,” has established Charles as a progressive voice in jazz, garnering two features in The New York Times, and a NPR profile by Nate Chinen hailing her as a “young jazz artist you need to know.” The Village Voice writes, “there’s an uncanny cohesion to Charles’ music…you can hear her collaging her musical DNA into jazz-studded multi-instrumentalism and dipping a toe into the experimental.” Charles kicked off 2021 with a scintillating NPR Tiny Desk from Home performance for Black History Month and is set to perform with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At the Lincoln Center in late March.

Please adhere to city and state guidelines regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Safety is of the utmost importance at all of our events. If you are feeling sick, please do not attend. Please follow all protocols on site, maintain a minimum of 6 feet from others, and wear a mask at all times.

Breathing Pavilion is co-produced by Van Alen Institute and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, with support from Two Trees Management Co.