Mihoko Suzuki is a NYC-based composer who conceives multidisciplinary works including opera and music-theater. Her work explores the complex and often contradictory relationship between humans and the natural world. Martin Rowe is a lyricist, playwright, novelist, and non-fiction writer.

Their current collaborations include songcycle, And the Hummingbird Says…, celebrating Kenyan environmentalist and peace activist Wangari Maathai (1940-2011) and bringing awareness to climate change, the preservation of cultural biodiversity, and an individual responsibility to “do the best I can” (Maathai). Rowe knew Maathai personally and collaborated on four of her books with Maathai. Maathai, Rowe, and Suzuki are all artists who were and are committed to responding to the challenges posed by climate change and environmental collapse. Maathai’s organization, The Green Belt Movement, has planted 50 million trees throughout Africa. In her struggle against one-party rule and environmental destruction in Kenya, she was beaten, arrested, and received death threats. In 2004, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to linking environment, democracy, and peace.

 

Featured Image Photo Credit: Martin Rowe