The Bardin-Niskala Duo (cello and piano) explores identity, promotes cultural awareness, and celebrates humanity during this time of division and racial violence. We explore themes of childhood, identity, homeland, loss, mourning, hope, and healing--themes common across all humanity--through the voices of ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) composers. We have commissioned a series of works, each of which incorporates the folksongs and children's songs of the composer's (and our) particular cultures. These commissioned works are performed alongside additional works by ALAANA composers that explore a sense of identity, as well as more-traditional works.
The Bardin-Niskala Duo performs and speaks about its programs across the United States and is working to take their programs to the international stage.