Alissa Stover

LOOK DEEPER: A Look into the Role of Performing Arts in Enabling Empathy

A Panel with Special Guests Tory Teasley & Lilan Kane

Tuesday, October 18 at 4:30pm | Berkeley Cabaret


A community event hosted by The Marsh Arts Center in collaboration with students from UC Berkeley. Aimed to highlight the role of performing arts in enabling communication between cultures. We are also focusing on the role of the performing arts in creating empathy in the audience and allowing people of different cultures to connect emotionally.

About the Panelist:

Alissa Stover and Marco Amezcua are undergraduate psychology students at UC Berkeley. Through a Decal (“Democratic Education at Cal”) program allowing students to lead classes, Alissa and Marco are teaching a course on empathy for the fall 2016 semester. Both have a strong interest in the performing arts, and would like to have an opportunity for their fellow classmates to investigate their role in fostering empathy between diverse communities. How are emotions shared between performer and audience? Do the performing arts make a true difference in communities in terms of promoting equality and peace? What makes a performer more effective in their role in the community?

Special Guest Biographyunnamed-2

Tory Teasley is a Bay Area native. Tory started his journey of singing at the age of 12.  He began his training in classical music, later to vocal jazz at the Berkeley Jazz School under the direction of Grammy nominated Ledisi. Tory has performed all over the Bay Area, from Bases Loaded in Pittsburgh, to the Brava Theater in San Francisco and even to the east coast where he sung Mozart’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. Tory’s sound is described as “honey and silk in a romantic love affair.” With the encouragement of his family and community Tory has been able to tend to his calling with confidence.

Lilan Kane. At a young age, she knew music was her calling. Begging her mom for piano unnamed-1lessons, she started in kindergarten, and began exploring her voice as she would sing along with her piano lesson songs. Soon her father introduced to her several soul and blues greats Etta James, Ray Charles, James Brown, and BB King. From then on, she was hooked. She soaked up any soulful record she could get her hands on trying to emulate the vocal stylings, phrasing and feeling. It’s no wonder she has picked up pieces of her favorite artists to incorporate her own sound.

Lilan Kane (pronounced LEE – lawn) captures the soul of Aretha, the charm of Ella, and the sassiness of Etta. Her soulful compositions tell stories of love, loss, and self-discovery. She is a soulful artist who is not afraid to be raw, real, and vulnerable on and off stage. Her highly anticipated debut album, “Love, Myself” is scheduled to release in January 2016. She has shared the stage with J. Cole, Delta Rae, Lenny Williams and sung at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, the Whisky A Go-Go and Yoshi’s.

Lilan graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. She studied with Grammy award winning vocal arranger Donna McElroy and drummer/arranger Kenwood Dennard. She also studied background singing, arranging, and music business courses. She graduated with a degree in Music Business and Management. After a few years in New York City working on the business side, she returned to her roots in the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue life as a musician. Lilan Kane has become a highy sought after featured vocalist in the Bay Area working heavily in the jazz, soul, and corporate circuits. She is scheduled to release her album of originals in January 2016.

Show Info

Tickets: $15 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
Tuesday, October 18 at 4:30pm

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