Luke Burke and his mom Cindy Burke listen to Simon Barrad and Kseniia Barrad practice their music. Luke was one of the writers for the Lynx Project’s 2018 Cincinnati concert. The Lynx Project is a nonprofit organization that brings musicians and composers together to perform poems written by young writers with non-verbal autism.
Kenta Mignot, one of the young writers for the Lynx Project uses his iPad to type out messages. He writes “I feel it is the best combination music and poem because they speak to people’s hearts straight.”
Kenta Mignot sits with his mother Keiko Mignot as they talk with composer Travis Reynolds, singer Lauren McAllister, and singer Keely Futterer. The day before the concert the writers and their families gathered for a luncheon with the musicians and composers.
SImon Barrad performs “In the Dark Night” by Michael Zepf. Michael’s poems describe his experience of isolation and his hopes for the future.
Keely Futterer performs a poem compilation by Michael Zepf. Michael’s poem describes his desire to speak and be heard.
Lauren McAllister performs “Words Matter to Me” by Luke Burke. Luke’s poems describe the power of words and their impact on him.
The crowd applauds after the concert. Teachers, reporters and family members all attended the event.
Composer Tariq Al-Sabir, composer Travis Reynolds, singer Keely Futterer, pianist Kseniia Barrad, composer and pianist Stephen Variames, singer Lauren McAllister, and singer Simon Barrad stand for applause after the concert.
A poster at the back of the concert hall asked “How will you speak into the world today?” Concert goers were encouraged to add their thoughts to the posters.
Luke Burke and his mom Cindy Burke thanked Simon Barrad after the performance for singing Luke’s words and amplifying his voice.