We are Marji Gere and Dan Sedgwick, a creative and performing duo based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Since 2005, we have collaborated on projects ranging from the performance of traditional chamber music (Marji on violin; Dan on piano) to the co-composition of dramatic musical works (Marji as librettist; Dan as composer).
Recently, we have performed at Third Life Studios in Somerville; Harvard University; the St. Botolph Club in Boston; Bass Hall in the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough, NH; the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, RI; Hill and Hollow Music in Saranac, NY; Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough, MA; the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Pittsfield, MA; the Monadnock Covenant Church in Keene, NH, alongside the Keene Chamber Orchestra; at the SONAD Project Glen Brook Workshop in Marlborough, NH; the Pakachoag Music School in Auburn, MA; house concerts in Brookline and Northampton, MA; a Black Lives Matter Cambridge benefit for Haiti; a fundraiser for Spanish Immersion Jamaica Plain/Brookline, and internationally in recital in Nicosia, Cyprus and Zürich, Switzerland. In addition to performances in traditional concert settings, our duo is building artistic partnerships with public housing and after-school programs in Somerville, MA.
Our recent creative collaborations include two works of chamber music theater: Ride (for a lady wheeler) and All Some None (see our audio/video page). Through An Exciting Event, our longstanding partnership with composer/perfomer Jacob Barton, we have engaged in various creative antics, including The Moondog Madrigal Puppet Show (2009), an hour-long musical puppet show based on the music of Louis "Moondog" Hardin.
Marji Gere (violinist) seeks resonance between music making and the world outside the studio and concert space. For example, she found a resonance between music and diplomacy: as a fellow of the US State Department’s Cyprus-America Scholarship Program, she investigated the role of chamber music in conflict resolution on the partitioned island of Cyprus. Later and more locally, she found resonance between art, education, and equality as teaching artist and Educational Director for musiConnects, a strings program that serves some of the poorest families in Boston. As violinist with musiConnects’ resident ensemble the Boston Public Quartet, Marji performed in an ice cream shop, a business school, elementary classrooms, and traditional venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Finally, throughout her life, Marji has sought resonance between words, music, and visual art. Her libretti and puppetry have appeared in venues in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, NYC, Boston, and Providence.
Marji plays with pianist Dan Sedgwick, and with Boston-based ensembles including Grand Harmonie, Red Hedgehog Trio, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Ambient Orchestra, and Bill Banfield’s Imagine Orchestra. She maintains a studio of private music students and presents workshops on modes of musical listening and communication to audiences independently and as a teaching artist with the New England Arts Literacy Project. In the spring of 2017, she conducted a Somerville Arts Council-funded pop-up concert tour called Around Hear, during which she welcomed listeners of all ages and backgrounds to notice, document, and share their responses to a live classical music performance via the outlets of visual art, writing, and movement.
Marji holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music and English from the University of Iowa (where she discovered her passion for chamber music and her undying respect for authors) and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.
Dan Sedgwick is a composer, pianist, and teacher with wide-ranging musical interests and a particular devotion to instrumental and vocal chamber music. Nurtured by Burncoat High School’s ear-opening music department in Worcester, MA, Dan studied music at Harvard and then Rice University, graduating with a doctorate in composition in 2009. His teachers and mentors include composers Karim Al-Zand, Anthony Brandt, Shih-hui Chen, Mario Davidovsky, Elliott Gyger, Bernard Rands, and Kurt Stallmann, and pianists Jeanne Kierman-Fischer, Mark Manuel, and Eric Stumacher.
Dan’s compositions have been performed by the Dilijan Chamber Music Series of L.A., Apple Hill String Quartet, Boston Public Quartet, Worcester Chamber Music Society, Keene Chamber Orchestra, Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, Houston Boychoir, and many others. His doctoral thesis, a seventeen-minute theme and variations composed for the Apple Hill String Quartet, was described in a recent review as “distinctive and arresting… somber, studied, cerebral, and at the same time emotional, with occasional streaks of jollity… a powerful, engaging composition…” (John Zeugner, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 11/16/16).
Dan performs regularly as a member of the Boston-based Red Hedgehog Trio (horn, violin, and piano) and in violin/piano duo settings with Marji Gere. His recent performances include appearances as guest pianist for the Dilijan Chamber Music Series of L.A., Apple Hill Summer Concert Series (Nelson, NH), the Newport String Project (Newport, RI), and Equilibrium Concert Series (Somerville, MA). Dan has received recognition and support for his work from the St. Botolph Club Foundation of Boston, MA, the Worcester Educational Development Fund, the Somerville Arts Council, and Harvard's Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.