Music From Home

The word home evokes comfort, belonging, self-formation. Artists and composers representing multiplicities of identities often find home in music. Power and healing enter when guests simply listen.    

Music from Home is a house concert series which celebrates the live musical expression of womxn and people of color. Each month, Lakewold Gardens carves space for an inclusive social ceremony of wine, beer and musical storytelling.  

While chairs are available, guests are encouraged to bring their own pillows for sitting. All are welcome to explore the Gardens during the event in search of their own home. 

Tickets: $25      Students/Military: $15
(Includes admittance to performance, garden grounds and wine/beer offerings)

All concerts are 3 to 5 pm

Music from Home Promo


Pianist and educator Joseph Williams is from Tacoma, WA. He has enjoyed performing at numerous venues across the United States, including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and abroad in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. He is founder and director of Tukwila Kids Make Music, a free music mentorship program offering choir, piano, guitar, violin and East African drum lessons to 50 children every week, year-round. Additionally, he teaches music theory at Seattle University and piano in the Community Music Department at University of Puget Sound. He proudly serves as Artistic Director of Music from Home.

Featured Artists

August 11th – Farshad Zadeh, Pianist

Music by Amy Beach, Farid Omran, Gity Razaz, Clara Schumann & George Walker

Farshad Zadeh started playing piano at age 4, and made his debut with orchestra at 11 in his hometown of Princeton, NJ. He has performed in concert halls throughout the US, including Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. He received 1st place at the LISMA International Competition in 2011, and was the winner of Oberlin Conservatory’s Arthur Dann Competition in 2015. He earned his Bachelors at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Alvin Chow. He received his Masters and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Texas in Austin, where he studies with Anton Nel.

He currently teaches piano at Austin Community College. He serves as Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas, where he teaches class piano as well as private students at the undergraduate and graduate level. He is also a junior faculty member at Blue Mountain Festival, a chamber music festival based in Lancaster, PA.

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September 8th – Ibidunni Ojikutu, Soprano

Music by Libby Larsen, Nailah Nombeko, Florence Price & Nina Simone

A frequent performer in the Pacific Northwest, Soprano Ibidunni Ojikutu is known for having a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary repertoire and has studied extensively in both areas. Ms.Ojikutu made her Seattle Opera debut as Strawberry Woman in their 2011 production of Porgy and Bess. Opera News said of her performance, “Ibidunni Ojikutu’s turn as Strawberry Woman was as charming as the lilt in her voice.”

A recipient of the top award in the Seattle Opera Guild Training Grant Competition, Ms. Ojikutu is a teaching and freelance artist with Seattle Opera Outreach and Seattle Opera. Recent credits include her Benaroya Hall debut with Showtunes Theater Company in their production of Finian’s Rainbow.  Ms. Ojikutu was incredibly excited to create the role of Sally Hemings in Garrett Fisher’s opera Monticello Wakes. The opera, about the relationship between Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, had its debut at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Ms, Ojikutu was also pleased to reprise the role of Strawberry Woman in Seattle Operas 2018 production of Porgy and Bess along with making her role debut as Serena in the same production. Earlier this year, Seattle Art Song Society (SASS) invited Ms. Ojikutu to perform on their Black Voices and Womxn’s Voices Concerts. 

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October 13th– Deborah Anderson, Composer

Original works for solo piano, saxophone & piano, viola & bassoon, and more  

Deborah began composing at the age of 6. She grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and graduated from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) with a degree in French. After graduation, she worked as a nanny in Paris, then taught English for two years with the Peace Corps in Tunisia where she learned to play the ‘oud and sing in Arabic. Soon after, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of studying the English Renaissance lute. In 1979 she earned her master’s degree in French from the University of Washington (Seattle) and taught French on the college level. Over the years, she has studied seven foreign languages and continues to travel widely throughout the world. She enjoys gourmet cooking, basic gardening and the arts. She has sung in a number of choirs, including ten years with the PLU Choral Union. She also enjoys watercolor painting.

Deborah’s compositions range in setting from solo voice and choir to instrumental solos and ensembles. Her work is regularly performed at National Flute Association conventions, university faculty and student recitals, and by chamber music groups all over the world. Several works have been awarded prizes and honors from international competitions. This event will feature outstanding student performers of PLU and UPS.

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November 24th – Adán Vásquez, Harpist

Music by Deborah Anderson, Claude Debussy & Maurice Ravel 

Adán Vásquez is a versatile and much-acclaimed musician who has gained renown for his artistry on the harp both as a soloist and as an ensemble player. Equally at ease in the traditional and contemporary repertoires, Vásquez has won accolades for his expertise in the physically demanding Salzedo harp technique. He began his musical studies at an early age in the National Conservatory of Music in his native Dominican Republic where he studied with Mirla Salazar. In 1989, he was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Dominican government and moved to Chile to study with concert harpist Manuel Jimenez at the Facultad de Artes at the University of Chile. Later, he relocated to New York City where he completed his B.A. at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and studied with the well-known harpist Sara Cutler. Shortly thereafter, he received an M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music where he continued advanced studies under the renowned harpist Lucile Lawrence.

Vásquez has appeared as a guest harpist with numerous symphony orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, the Dominican National Symphony Orchestra, and the Brooklyn Heights Symphony Orchestra in New York. In 2004, he was invited to participate in the First International Harp Festival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he also lectured and conducted Master Classes on the Salzedo technique. Vásquez has also premiered works especially commissioned for him by contemporary composers such as William Dickerson, Gary Heckard, and Eugenio Escobar. He has a deep commitment to the neighborhood of Washington Heights, where he serves on the faculty of Gregorio Luperón High School as Music Department Coordinator. Since 2009, he has served as artistic director and president of the Association of Dominican Classical Artists, Inc., the Washington Heights Community Conservatory, and the Camerata Washington Heights.

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December 8 – Dr. Quinton Morris, Violinist

Music by Chevalier de Saint-Georges & William Grant Still 

Dr. Quinton Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as concert violinist, educator, entrepreneur and filmmaker. He is the founder of Key to Change, a nonprofit with the mission of inspiring underserved youth and students of color through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders. Key to Change operates two violin and viola studios in South King County, Washington which serve middle and high school students who may not otherwise have access to classical music instruction.

Key to Change was born out of Dr. Morris’s BREAKTHROUGH World Tour, which paired recitals and concerto performances with lectures, master classes and educational outreach in over 25 cities across five continents. The tour also featured Dr. Morris’s short film The BREAKTHROUGH, which premiered at the Seattle Art Museum and the Louvre Museum in Paris, among other distinguished venues worldwide. He directed and starred in the film, which tells a modernized story of the Chevalier de Saint-Georges: a violinist of African origin who, against all odds, rose to become one of the most prolific and forgotten figures of the 18th century.

Dr. Morris received top prize at the European Independent Film Awards, and was recognized as one of Musical America’s Top 30 Movers & Shapers and the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Additional career highlights include concerto appearances with the Seattle Symphony, three consecutive years of sold-out recitals at Carnegie Hall, eleven years as Artistic Director of The Young Eight String Octet and a TEDxSeattle talk on “The Age of the Artist Entrepreneur.”

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Dr. Morris is a Seattle native and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the Seattle University faculty in 2007 as Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music. He is the first tenured music professor at Seattle University in over 35 years and the second living African-American violinist in United States history to receive such a distinction.

In 2020 Music from Home will be back with these concerts:

April 12 – Sophie Davis, Violinist & Environmentalist Composer

May 17– Amal Waqar, Oud Player, Composer & Activist

June 21 – Dr. Khari Joyner, Assistant Cello Faculty at The Juilliard School

July 12 –  Mitsuki Dazai, Koto Player and Instructor of Oregon Koto-Kai

August 9 – Adam Sadberry, Principal Flutist of Memphis Symphony

  • More information about the Music from Home Series 2020 concerts will be added soon, please check back!