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Miki Sawada travels with a piano on the Denali Highway in Alaska during her Gather Hear Tour 2017. She will be at the First Friday Art Stroll this Friday, September 3, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Collect the Tour of Utah.

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Boston-based international concert pianist Miki Sawada created the Gather Hear Tour to unite audiences across the political and socio-economic divide through the positive power of classical music.

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Miki Sawada performs at a dive bar in Talkeetna, Alaska during her 2017 Gather Hear Tour.

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Miki Sawada is out and about with a piano on the Denali Highway in Alaska during her Gather Hear Tour 2017.

Photo supplied, Andrew Rizzardi

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Miki Sawada travels with a piano on the Denali Highway in Alaska during her Gather Hear Tour 2017. She will be at the First Friday Art Stroll this Friday, September 3, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Collect the Tour of Utah.

Boston-based international concert pianist Miki Sawada created the Gather Hear Tour to unite audiences across the political and socio-economic divide through the positive power of classical music.

Miki Sawada performs at a dive bar in Talkeetna, Alaska during her 2017 Gather Hear Tour.


Miki Sawada is out and about with a piano on the Denali Highway in Alaska during her Gather Hear Tour 2017.

Boston-based concert pianist Miki Sawada is touring Utah with her piano in tow as part of the Gather Hear Tour from now until September 18, and Ogden is one of the stops – this Friday at the First Friday Art Stroll.

Sawada launched the Gather Hear Tour to use classical music to inspire more human connections across political and socio-economic boundaries.

Her mission is to perform in all 50 states, outside of concert halls, and in local meeting rooms – in Utah, she hosts 16 free events in 13 cities across the state in parks, public theaters, restaurants, schools, and libraries.

The NEXT Ensemble presents Gather Hear Utah in Ogden, a free open air concert by international pianist Sawada, this Friday at 7:30 p.m. on the PLATFORMS of Ogden Contemporary Arts

For some lucky elementary school students, Gather Hear Utah will also be at Burch Creek Elementary on Friday morning for a special private performance.

According to a statement from the Gather Hear Tour, Sawada came up with the idea after the 2016 election, despaired of the reality of a divided America and looked for ways to use classical music as a positive force.

“By bringing classical music outside the concert halls and into urban and rural meeting places of the local community and presenting it in a friendly and inclusive way, Sawada aims to overcome typical barriers to classical music and create opportunities to feel connected and human,” it says in the tour declaration.

The project started in Alaska in 2017 and has since toured West Virginia and Massachusetts for a total of 49 events at 37 locations.

For Gather Hear Utah – a partnership with the Mundi Project, a nonprofit based in Salt Lake City – Sawada will be located in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Price, Logan, Vernal, Kearns, St. George, Beryl, Cedar City, Boulder, Moab. occurred at Blanding and Fort Duchesne at the end of the tour.

Said Sawada of Gather Hear Utah, “As an ultra marathon runner and trail runner, I have been looking forward to exploring the majestic land of Utah for quite some time. Combine that with the prevalence of the LDS Church and the enduring legacy of the indigenous peoples who have lived here for thousands of years – I know I can learn so much from the people and countries I meet. In return, I hope to give back a meaningful and unforgettable experience with music through my performances. “

Sawada takes the listener on the Utah tour through a journey through varied soundscapes with the electroacoustic work of Brendon Randall-Myers from her debut album “A Kind of Mirror”, which was released on August 27th on Slashsound.

“As avid long-distance runners, Sawada and Randall-Myers’ shared experiences with trance-like flows and extreme physical exertion are direct inspirations for the music,” they said.

On the tour, Sawada will also present an African-American spiritual arrangement by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, works by Franz Liszt, and a commissioned work by Elisabet Curbelo, a faculty member at the University of Utah School of Music.

Read more about the Sawada and Gather Hear Tour at mikisawada.com and collecthear.com.

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