Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change — June 10, 2017

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On Saturday, June 10, the fifteenth “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert will showcase master musicians from three different musical traditions in a rare and joyful pan-cultural evening, with all proceeds going to benefit the environmental advocacy group  The performers include the joyful Latin American perspectives of Sol y Canto, the enthralling North Indian vocal music of Aditya Rohit Shah, and the Rev. Fred Small’s compelling songs of struggle and justice.  The music begins at 7:00 pm, at The Community Church Of Boston, 565 Boylston Street (Copley Square), Boston.  Admission is $20; $15 students & seniors.

“…Senders possesses a gift

for assembling fascinating programs.”

— Andrew Gilbert, The Boston Globe —

“Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change” is the fifteenth concert in an ongoing series of cross-cultural events produced by Boston-area musician and environmental activist Warren Senders.  These concerts were conceived as a way for creative musicians to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming.   Their choice of beneficiary,, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes.
Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical styles from three different parts of the globe, and share key musical values: listening, honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, they are all committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating effects of global warming.  It’ll be an incredible evening of powerful music — from some of the finest musicians in New England and the world.


“…Pleasant surprises and stimulation of the aesthetic synapses…an open-ended, floating, world music festival.”
— Steve Elman, ArtsFuse —



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About The Artists

Sol y Canto

Puerto Rican/Argentine singer and bongo player Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador have been lucky enough to spend more than two decades composing, arranging and performing music that moves people inside and out; songs that combine poetic lyrics, commitment to social change, and sabor, the “tastiness” of music that draws you into its story or makes you want to get up and dance.

Sol y Canto, their three-time Boston Music Award winning Latin roots ensemble, is the culmination of their musical vision. Featuring Rosi’s crystalline voice and Brian’s lush Spanish guitar, they’ve established a reputation for their quirky original compositions addressing life, love and social justice. Since 1994, Sol y Canto has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center, the White House, and Boston’s Symphony Hall, the California World Music Festival and Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte to the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.


Sol y Canto is known for making their music accessible to Spanish- and non-Spanish speaking audiences of all ages. People en Español Magazine selected Rosi and Brian for its 2007 “Stars of the Year” issue, highlighting four inspiring Hispanics who have used their passion, conviction, creativity and self discovery to achieve success.

Brian Amador – Musical director, composer, arranger, acoustic guitar, voice

A Chicano/Gringo mongrel from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brian was one of the founding members of Flor de Caña, arranging much of the band’s material and co-producing two recordings. He studied classical guitar, composition, and improvisation at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and flamenco guitar in Albuquerque and Madrid. For five years Brian was principal guitarist of the Ramón de los Reyes Spanish Dance Theatre. Brian’s guitar style is as mixed as his heritage, combining flamenco, classical, Cuban son, Latin American styles, and jazz.


Of Argentine and Puerto Rican heritage, Rosi’s performer parents passed on to her their love of Latin American rhythms and musical styles. Her mother was a dancer, a singer and an actress. She appeared in the U.S. on Broadway, in Europe with Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin among others, and in Mexico with comic actor “Cantinflas” (Mario Moreno). Her father began in radio in Buenos Aires and later became an actor, touring all over Latin America. With ten years of training as a classical singer, Rosi has been deeply influenced by popular Latin music, jazz, North American folk, blues and contemporary African vocal styles.
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Aditya Rohit Shah

Aditya Rohit Shah, 23, grew up in Pune, India, where he began his musical training under Shri Sanjay Kadam of the Gwalior Gharānā. Since 2007, he has trained in North Indian Classical Vocal Music under the guidance and blessings of Pandit Rattan Mohan Sharma and Pandit Radharman Kirtane, direct disciples of his Bade-Guruji Sangeet Martand Padmavibhushan Pandit Jasraj-ji.

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In 2012, Aditya was selected to perform a solo concert for Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India. He won First Place in his age category in SwarGanga’s prestigious “Crescendo” National Competition (USA & Canada) in 2013. In 2013, he was deeply honored to receive the prestigious “Mewati Pradeept” award from the Pandit Jasraj Institute, which marked the commencement of his solo musical career. He is deeply thankful to have the heartfelt blessings of his Bade-Guruji. With his Gurus’ blessings, he has performed at many venues in the States, India, and the UK.

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He graduated from Dartmouth College in June 2015, where he studied History and Economics. He is also currently working on several musical projects, including a debut classical album and an album of devotional Jain hymns. He recently released a music video of the Kabir Poem, “Jhini Jhini Chadariya.” An Inbound Sales Consultant at HubSpot, he is a faculty member at LearnQuest.

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Rev. Fred Small

Hailed by Pete Seeger as “one of America’s best songwriters,” Fred Small sings songs of conscience in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and Holly Near.  Powerful, affecting, and inviting, Fred’s songs illuminate the goodness and courage of all kinds of people.

Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Rosalie Sorrels, Steve Gillette, Judy Small (no relation), Roy Bailey, the Flirtations, and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus are among the singers who have interpreted Fred’s songs to audiences around the world.


Fred’s song “The Heart of the Appaloosa” was elected to the All-Time Bluegrass Hit Parade by WAMU Radio in Washington, DC  In 1992, Heart Strings, the nationally touring AIDS-benefit musical, chose Fred’s empowering lullaby “Everything Possible” as its grand finale.  In 2000, the National Organization of Men against Sexism (NOMAS) honored Fred for his contributions to gender justice.

Fred has released eight albums: Live at First Parish (Aquifer, 2009), Only Love (Aquifer, 2001), Everything Possible (Flying Fish, 1993), Jaguar (Flying Fish, 1991), I Will Stand Fast (Flying Fish, 1988), No Limit (Rounder, 1985), The Heart of the Appaloosa, 1983) (all Flying Fish and Rounder titles available at this link), and Love’s Gonna Carry Us (Aquifer, 1981).  Fred’s two songbooks, Promises Worth Keeping (1994) and Breaking from the Line (1986) are published by Yellow Moon Press.

Fred Small

Fred Small was born November 6, 1952, in Plainfield, NJ.  Grandnephew of Thomas Hart Benton, the American regionalist painter (and outstanding harmonica player), Fred was playing guitar and singing folk songs by age seven.  After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, Fred earned a law degree and a masters in natural resources policy at the University of Michigan.  He wrote his first song in 1974 on the morning of his first law school examination.  In 1980 Fred left his position as staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation to pursue his career in music full time.

In 1999, Fred was awarded his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School.  After serving First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA, and First Parish in Cambridge, MA, in 2015 Fred left parish ministry to devote his energies to climate activism, especially among people of faith.  He is now Minister for Climate Justice at Arlington Street Church, Boston.

Fred has performed throughout the United States as well as in Japan, Australia, England, and Canada.  He has appeared at the Philadelphia, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Kerrville Folk Festivals, Lunenburg (NS) Folk Harbour Festival, Sidmouth (UK) Folk Arts Festival, National Folk Festival of Australia, Great Hudson River Revival, Great River Traditional Music & Crafts Festival (LaCrosse, WI), Woody Guthrie Tribute (Tulsa, OK), Bread and Roses Labor Heritage Festival (Lawrence, MA), and the Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) rally in New York City.


Co-founded by environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, is the hub of a worldwide network of over two hundred environmental organizations, all with a common target: persuading the world’s countries to unite in an effort to reduce global levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million or less. Climatologist Dr. James Hansen says, “If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 400 ppm to at most 350 ppm.” (Dr. Hansen headed the NASA Institute for Space Studies in New York City, and is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue.) Activists involved in the 350 movement include Rajendra Pachauri (Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), Vandana Shiva (world-renowned environmental leader and thinker), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1984 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a global activist on issues pertaining to democracy, freedom and human rights), Van Jones, Bianca Jagger, Barbara Kingsolver and many more. is the Massachusetts Chapter of this worldwide advocacy group, and the hub for the Better Future Project.
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