Nantucket Community Music Center student and NHS graduate Maudjeani Pelissier will present a farewell concert comprised of original compositions he is currently recording for a new album. The free concert will take place in the Studio Theater of the Nantucket Dreamland, South Water Street on Thursday, August 18 at 8pm.
Maudjeani, known as Mo to his friends and family, presented a standing room only concert in March of this year that featured some of his new music, then under development. During the ensuing months, he has continued creating new compositions and is working with Floyd Kellogg in the NCMC’s recording studio to produce a 10-track compilation.
Before heading off to New Haven University to study music production on a Nantucket Golf Club scholarship, Mo decided to hold another concert to express his gratitude to the Nantucket community and, in his words, to “celebrate everything good that has happened to me since coming to Nantucket.” The show will be a showing of support and an expression of thanks.
While heading off-island to study, Mo knows Nantucket and his experiences here will forever shape his music and artistic expression. “Things never go away, because everything that happens leaves a piece withing you. Nothing ever leaves us.” This sentiment transcends his thoughts when describing the form his music takes. “My songs are pieces of myself and are a way of finding comfort in the midst of turmoil. Music helps me feel things in a way that I can’t otherwise find feeling.”
The concert is free to the public, but Mo will accept donations that will be forwarded to PASCON, Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket. Following his father’s recent cancer diagnosis, Mo hopes to do more than just provide moral support. He says, “Now there’s not much I can do for my father besides waiting and giving him as much support as I can. I also want to do way more than just that, that’s why I want to dedicate this performance to PASCON.”
Since 1975, the Nantucket Community Music Center has worked to enrich the cultural life of the island by fostering and supporting music education and performance opportunities for young people and adults. They believe that music has the power to transform individuals and our island as a whole. We envision a community with access to all aspects of music through teaching, learning, and performing.