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Diversity Through Music At Mesa Public Library Jan. 26

on January 19, 2019 - 10:23am

Musician Sagit Zilberman performs with a Swiss Hand Pan to a group of children. She will share her music Saturday, Jan. 26 with Los Alamos. Courtesy photo


Israeli-born musician Sagit Zilberman presents her program “Songs of Peace” 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Mesa Public Library as part of the Library’s celebration of Diversity Week. The program will be held in Mesa’s downstairs rotunda.

Zilberman received her bachelor of music degree in performance from the Berklee College of Music, where she played primarily saxophone. While at Berklee she also led mindfulness classes, which apply meditation and yoga to support and guide the musical career path of the Berklee student. She said she has always been fascinated by sounds from around the world, and has taken up many different instruments since that time.

Zilberman has toured internationally with renowned Polish, Israeli and Brazilian artists, PGR, Helmut Eizel and A Manguigoya. She brings at least 11 instruments to each program. Some are traditional instruments, such as the didgeridoo, some are classical, such as the recorder, and some have more modern origins.

The new instruments have sharpened the message which Zilberman wants to share with the world - a message of unity, avid listening, patience with one another, and connection to our deeper inner selves. Along with her musical practice, her work is informed by her own practice of yoga and mindfulness. Zilberman has performed in music halls, libraries, jazz clubs, schools and in family homes, bringing her language of love through music.

One of the newer instruments Zilberman will bring is the Swiss Hand Pan, a relative of the steel drum. The hand pan is created to not just ring like a steel drum, but also to be tuned to create harmonies.

Songs of Peace is suitable for all ages. It will follow after a round of international storytelling, presented by One Los Alamos, the group who has worked to declare Diversity Week in Los Alamos. The stories of diversity will be read and told 1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

The program presented by the Los Alamos Public Library and supported by Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. For more information, visit