Castle of our Skins

Castle of our Skins

FRIDAY, Nov 18, 2022 | 7:00 PM

schomburg center for research in black culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd. | manhattan

5BMF is proud to present the Boston-based ensemble Castle of our Skins in their New York City debut, performing a revival of Love Affects, their inaugural concert program, in celebration of their 10th anniversary this season.

Love Affects pairs chamber music with text to explore how love influences our sense of self, humanity, heritage, and future. Featuring works by Charles Brown, William L. Dawson, Adolphus Hailstork, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and Undine Smith Moore, Love Affects is co-curated with and features Castle of our Skins’ 3rd Annual Shirley Graham du Bois Creative in Residence, poet ANGEL C. DYE.

In addition to Ms. Dye, performing artists for the program include violinists MATTHEW VERA and MINA LAVCHEVA, violist ASHLEIGH GORDON, cellist LEV MAMUYA, pianist SARAH BOB, and soprano BRIANNA J. ROBINSON.



Fri 11.18.22 | Schomburg Center for research in black culture

$20 General Admission
$10 Seniors / Students w/ID


COLERIDGE-TAYLOR PERKINSON (b. 1932):  “Calvary” String Quartet No. 1

WILLIAM L. DAWSON (1899-1990):  “Largo for String Quartet” edited by Charlie Harmon

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK (b. 1941):  “Songs of Love and Justice” for voice and piano

CHARLES BROWN (1940-2021):  “Song Without Words” for voice and piano

UNDINE SMITH MOORE (1904-1989):  “Love Let the Wind Cry…How I Adore Thee” for voice and piano


Castle of our Skins

Castle of our Skins is a Black arts institution dedicated to fostering cultural curiosity and celebrating Black artistry through music. In classrooms, concert halls, and beyond, Castle of our Skins invites Black heritage and culture exploration, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.

Angel C. Dye

ANGEL C. DYE is a poet, scholar of African American Literature and the author of BREATHE (Central Square Press). She is from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas/Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a graduate of Howard University, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kentucky, where she was a Nikky Finney fellow. Dye has received fellowships from The Watering Hole and Furious Flower Poetry Center and her work has appeared in About Place Journal, The Pierian Journal, African Voices Magazine, Blue Mountain Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and A Gathering Together Journal, among other places. Dye writes in the tradition of Lucille Clifton, Amiri Baraka, and Sterling A. Brown, striving to carry on their legacies of unapologetic blackness in the face of oppression, radical self-love, and artistic activism. She aims to discover, as Audre Lorde explains, “the words [she does] not yet have,” and is currently a PhD in English student at Rutgers University.

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