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Identify, a recital concept developed by vocalist Aryssa Leigh Burrs, is a concert experience that creates a space in which collaborators and audience members alike will find comfort within, ask questions about, and feel safely challenged by their own identity. Through the lens of her own four “pillars” of identity, Aryssa has chosen sets of music, visual artwork, and experiential concepts to help begin a dialogue with others to feel supported within their own “pillars.”

Biracial

This set consists of a world premiere of three recomposed spirituals written by my
father, Leslie Savoy Burrs, gifting me the opportunity to, quite literally, sing my soul.

Musicianship

I would have been remiss to have not created a set that honors just how important music making is to my home of Identity. You will hear the connections that Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, and Richard Strauss make, relating the holy art of music to our deepest love, our calm through the storm, and even to the highest of angels above.

I have discovered bits of my core by interacting and growing within numerous types of partnerships. In this set, Debussy uses the text of Louÿs to depict the journey a relationship takes from its fiery birth, to its intense, all-consuming maturity, and into its frozen and brittle dying days.

Partnership

Womanhood

Being a womxn in this world brings about such an innate and stunning bond with other humans possessing this pillar, as we fight to dismantle the many structures around us that are built specifically to put us down. I am proud to be sharing with you my interpretations of these iconic pop songs that have time and time again, gifted me with the love and power housed in womanhood.

Aryssa's Pillars

of identity

Meet the Panelists

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Empath

First Generation Chinese-American

Ambivert

Feminist-in-Progress

Diane Yang

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Black 

Woman 

Auntie 

CreatHER

Chantel"GradaLove" Walker

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Queer

Feminist

Puzzle Master

Cat Mom

Carrie Graham

Black 

Woman 

Worship Leader

Confidence Builder

Lynique Webster

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Jewish

Empath

Art Historian

Emily Shoyer

Meet the Instrumentalists

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Set: Womanhood

Woman

Queer

Sister

Musician

Haley Baldwin

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Set: Biracial Identity

Foodie

Plant Dad

Creative

Ivan Mendoza

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Set: Womanhood

Filipina

Mother

Woman

Sarah Sarra

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Set: Biracial Identity

Naturalist 

Serb 

Wayfarer  

Historically informed musician

Luka Stefanović

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Set: Biracial Identity

Empath

First Generation Chinese-American

Ambivert

Feminist-in-Progress

Diane Yang

Set: Womanhood

Filipina American

Designer

Mentor

Strong & Independent

Kristine de Leon

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Set: Biracial Identity

Mixed Race: Japanese-Colombian

Musician

Female

Aiko Jimena Richter

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Sets: Musicianship, Partnership

Mother of Wesley and Natalie

Musician

Nurturer of young singers, children, animals, and all those I love

Julie Snyder

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Set: Womanhood

Vegan

Piano teacher

Powerlifter

Erica Wang