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Sounds Current

A string quartet’s quest to shine light on San Francisco’s Angel Island, a site of detention and dehumanization for Chinese immigrants in the 1900s. Here, poems carved into the walls sing across time, connecting us to a shameful, hidden past. We travel with the creatives behind The Angel Island Project; the Del Sol Quartet, composer Huang Ruo, collaborators, and community. Sounds Current: Angel Island explores how we make compassionate art that builds community. delsolquartet.com

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Recent Episodes of Sounds Current


Angel Island Part 3: A Pandemic and a World Premiere

Angel Island Part 3: A Pandemic and a World Premiere

We never experience a story in the same way twice. Sure, key elements remain firmly in place, but variables like political era, maturity, staging, and even the weather permeate each telling and play a vital part in the life of the piece.

Charlton invites Del Sol collaborators to elaborate on their roles in the creation, performance, and ongoing support of The Angel Island Project. What role did the COVID-19 pandemic play in the development of the piece? What was it like to play the oratorio in the place that inspired it? How has interpretation of the piece...

Episode 3 10 July 2024 46m and 34s


Angel Island Part 2: A Truth To Be Told

Angel Island Part 2: A Truth To Be Told

Much like Angel Island, the project, Angel Island, the place, is a point of entry, connecting many visitors to a history they know nothing about––and reminding some of a traumatic past they'd rather forget. 

Del Sol Quartet violist Charlton Lee and collaborators draw audiences into the world of Angel Island, a tranquil state park in San Francisco Bay dotted with winding trails and a campus of restored wooden buildings that once served as a processing station, interrogation hub, and detention center for mostly Asian immigrants between 1910 and 1940. 

What is the island like today, and what m...

Episode 2 24 June 2024 42m and 49s


Angel Island Part 1: A Haunting History

Angel Island Part 1: A Haunting History

Welcome to Angel Island. With stunning views of San Francisco Bay and lush hiking trails, the island is nestled between the promise of the Golden Gate Bridge and California’s sun-soaked mainland coast. But between 1910 and 1940, hundreds of thousands of Asians arriving at the Angel Island Immigration Station faced separation, interrogation, and often deportation under the longstanding Chinese Exclusion Act. 

The ghosts of Angel Island, however, endure. Poems carved into the soft wooden walls of the detention barracks give voice to long-remembered frustration, humiliation, and loneliness of the immigrants detained  there. These inscriptions in Chinese calligraphy link that...

Episode 1 10 June 2024 34m and 6s


BONUS - You're invited to Music and Migration at the Angel Island Immigration Station

BONUS - You're invited to Music and Migration at the Angel Island Immigration Station

We're excited for Season 1 of Sounds Current to premiere on Monday, June 10th during the Tribeca Audio Storytelling Festival!

Meanwhile, on Saturday June 15th, 2024, Del Sol will be playing two concerts (11:30am & 2:30pm), exploring the history of Japanese picture brides on Angel Island as part of the Angel Island Immigration Station concert series.

Featuring Takuma Itoh’s “American Postcards - Picture Brides” and music by Erika Oba. Artwork by Patricia Wakida.

If you'll be in the San Francisco Bay area, we'd love to invite you to join us! Take the ferry from Tiburon or San...

Episode 5 June 2024 45s


TRAILER - Season 1: Angel Island

TRAILER - Season 1: Angel Island

How does a string quartet help build community from Chinese immigrant poetry carved into detention-center walls on Angel Island? Let their words sing out after 100 years of silence.

Season 1 of Sounds Current with the Del Sol Quartet follows the quest to shine light on San Francisco’s Angel Island, a site of detention and dehumanization for Chinese immigrants in the 1900s. We travel with the creatives behind The Angel Island Project, including composer Huang Ruo, poet Genny Lim, educator Andi Wong and more. Sounds Current: Angel Island explores how we make compassionate art that builds community.

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Episode 28 April 2024 2m and 1s

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