A Message from Joseph Williams
Music from Home kicks off its third season with a ten-part virtual mini-series entitled “Black Splendor.” Each virtual concert in this series celebrates a black artist who are true innovators in their musical field. This virtual event will kick off on April 24.
Joseph Williams, Artistic Director
Joseph Williams is a pianist, educator and arts advocate from Tacoma, WA. Memorable performance venues include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Northwest African American Museum and Dubai's Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children. He teaches courses in music theory, ear training and chamber music at Seattle University and provides piano lessons in the Community Music Department at University of Puget Sound. He is founder and director of Tukwila Kids Make Music, a free music mentorship program offering piano, guitar, violin and East African drum lessons to 50 children every week of the year. He provides instruction at Key to Change, a nonprofit violin studio with the mission of inspiring underserved youth through world-class music instruction and supporting their development as self-aware leaders. Williams is proud to serve as founder and artistic director of Music from Home.
Serena Berry, Filmmaker
SERENA BERRY is an award winning independent filmmaker and producer from Tacoma, Washington. She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington-Tacoma. Serena has been working in independent cinema Pacific Northwest for nearly a decade. Her debut short film Shards was shown at HollyShorts Film Festival and won Best Narrative Short at the Synimatica Short Film Festival. Before penning Shards she worked as a freelance producer for PBS affiliate KCTS9 as well as multiple projects for Puget Sound non-profits organizations such as the Museum of Glass, America’s Car Museum and the Hilltop Artist Program . Her goal has always been to create stories that often don’t get told about real people.
Carlos Camargo, Filmmaker
Carlos Camargo (creative24.net) is a self-employed commercial filmmaker from Western Washington. Originally born in Mexico City, he was brought to the US in 2000 at the age of eight by his family. He grew up on classic cinema and has passionately shared stories through video since he can remember. Today he devotes all of his time to producing promotional videos for businesses and organizations. He owes so much to the community of people that encourage him and support his craft.
Carlos has captured media for Music From Home since its inauguration and says it "has been one of the most fulfilling projects I’ve been involved with. Every performance I get to capture gives me a chance to record gifted artists, each with their own unique look and tone."