Friday Night Live! Sonya Belaya: Songs and Stories My Mother Taught Me
Songs and Stories My Mother Taught Me is a curated event by Patricia Wheeler (The Moth StorySLAM Ann Arbor and Detroit, Moth Radio Hour) and Sonya Belaya. The concert will pair live story-telling by Detroit-native storytellers (Patricia Wheeler, Satori Shakoor, Dameon Wilburn and Shannon Cason) with an indie-chamber song cycle entitled Songs My Mother Taught Me, composed by Sonya Belaya.
The song cycle combines through-composed and improvised elements to tell the personal story of Sonya’s mother’s disappearance. Touching on themes of loss, motherhood, and creative identity, the performance serves as a vulnerable exploration for healing and self-understanding.
The event is presented as two acts with an intermission in between (7 pm and 8:30 pm). Audience members are encouraged to stay for both sets to experience the full performance.
- Patricia Wheeler, Satori Shakoor, Dameon Wilburn, Shannon Cason - storytellers
- Sonya Belaya - piano/vocals
- Nick Dunston - bass
- Stephen Boegehold - drums
- Dylan Greene - vibraphone
- Zosha Warpeha - violin
- Wesley Hornpetrie - cello
- Kalia Vandever - trombone
- Davy Lazar - trumpet
Friday Night Live! is generously supported by the DTE Energy Foundation and your tri-county millage investment in the DIA.