Heart of the East End – May 12th, 2022

J. Peter Hansen, Thoughtful Thursday Underwritten by Guild Hall

Selden musician Peter Hansen joins Gianna Volpe ahead of the next Folkie Fest at Moriches Community Center this Sunday. He shares two of his tracks that transmute negative circumstances into heart-warming musical compositions, including “It’s gonna be alright” & “Yellow and Blue.” The tracks can be heard on this archived edition of The Heart or found on YouTube.


Donna Weng Friedman, HOTsounds Underwritten by William RIS Gallery

Award-winning pianist and music producer Donna Weng Friedman — A board member of Friends of Thirteen and WNET among her many roles — discusses how an incident involving a man shouting anti-Asian slurs at her while she walked her dog in NYC during the pandemic’s onset served as the inspiration behind her Global Music Award-winning album, “Heritage and Harmony: Silver Linings.” The album exclusively features AAPI/BIPOC artists and aims to promote understanding and tolerance while combating racism with all proceeds supporting the AAPI community and fights against racism. The first in-person “Heritage and Harmony” performance will take place this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the heart of Greenwich Village at the Tenri Cultural Institute during the heart of Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Tickets are found on Eventbrite.

Listen to the playlist on Apple Music.