Los Angeles-based Salastina chamber music series, adapting during COVID with virtual concerts

Posted on: April 6, 2021

“Founded in 2010 by violinists Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, Salastina might be one of Los Angeles’ best kept musical secrets,” writes Victoria Looseleaf in Saturday’s (4/3) San Francisco Classical Voice. “The group comprises six resident artists … on a mission to broaden the definition of what classical music was, is, and can be.’ … Salastina, whose homes are Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory and the Edye Second Space at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica [performed] seven pairs of concerts a year. Until COVID-19 hit, that is…. Salastina has not only transformed its delivery system, it appears to be thriving…. Every Tuesday via Zoom, the organization has been presenting what it calls Virtual Happy Hour, offering live musical performances, conversations, and interaction with music lovers all over the world… Salastina has counted among its participants … violinist Hilary Hahn … and film composer Alan Menken…. Salastina’s pandemic programming has also included Project: Music Heals Us, where musicians perform private, virtual bedside concerts for patients, their families, and medical staff in UCLA’s ICU. [When Salastina resumes in-person concerts], ‘The key word is integration, and by that, I mean integrating the digital programming with real live programming,’ says Jasper White.”