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Future of Soundwork: Sonic Activism

Broadcast on July 13, 2023
With Dayvin Hallmon
Hosted by Joshua Leeds

Dayvin Hallmon, founder and music director of The Black String Triage Ensemble, shares inspiring stories of his work with the ensemble at scenes where violence has taken place. Hear how music is used as a disruptive and healing force for everyone involved. Sound healing can transform communities where people are suffering from violent crimes.  

The Future of Soundwork is a series created by Joshua Leeds, exploring the relevance of therapeutic music and sound in times of cultural challenge. How can we utilize/expand our skills when our communities are hurting? Inspiring conversations include individual sessions with Mandara Cromwell, Dayvin Hallmon, Joshua Leeds, Christine Stevens, and Christina Tourin.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • A definition for sonic activism 
  • Music can bring in a resonance of freedom in situations where there is energetic constriction
  • Music and acts of sonic activism can bring people in sync in mind, body, and spirit
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Dayvin Hallmon

Founder & Music Director of The Black String Triage Ensemble

Before he could speak, Dayvin Hallmon showed an awareness for and love of music. When he was just five years old, he began taking piano lessons. Later, he studied clarinet and saxophone. A few years after that, Dayvin began studying the violin and viola. Perfectly at home in both Gospel and Western classical traditions, Dayvin worked as assistant concertmaster of the Church of God In Christ International Orchestra for seven years. Noting the unique musical lineage of Dayvin’s teachers, he's a grandchild of Jascha Heifetz, Dr. Thomas Dorsey, and Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Dayvin draws from their backgrounds and traditions for building ensembles in churches, and helping congregations craft strategic visions for their music ministries. He's founder and music director of The Black String Triage Ensemble. Aside from this ensemble that plays at the scene of shootings and sites of civil unrest to keep the peace, the organization also includes The Black Diaspora Symphony Orchestra. In January 2023, Dayvin became assistant conductor for Milwaukee’s Concord Chamber Orchestra.

Dayvin Hallmon