9/11 Stories: A Child’s Memory Through Music

Lev Mamuya (Courtesy)

WBUR is remembering Sept. 11 through the stories of men and women from around Massachusetts whose lives were touched that day — those who lost loved ones, those who responded and those whose lives were affected in more unexpected ways.

Lev Mamuya was just a little kid when the country was attacked on 9/11. Now he’s 14 years old, a student at Roxbury Latin and a cello prodigy. For the 10th anniversary of the attacks, he’s been asked to compose a piece remembering the day. Lev joined us in our studios and spoke about finding inspiration for an event he can hardly remember.

Click to hear Lev tell his story.

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  • Desiree Balderrama

    I enjoyed this piece this morning. Lev, your music is beautiful. It really conveyed your story very well. 

  • Jen Vidal

    Amazing Lev!  Your words were as beautiful as your music!  Wish we could see you perform on Sunday (and give your little brother a big hug from Monica!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=540243878 Eren-Can Nuri Ileri

    Bravo Lev. Break a leg!

  • Gloriabarsamian.com

    Thank you so much Lev from all of us who want to remember. Good luck on Sunday. All our best from the Barsamian family.

  • N Grillo

    Dear Lev,  Thank you for the sharing your beautiful music and your heartful reflections on this 10th
    anniversary of sept 11,2001.  You are an inspiration to all. May God bless as  you travel through this
    life.    Tony & Nancy Grillo  (Gloria Barsamian’s brother and sister-in-law)

  • Rositamira

    Lev….I attended a memorial service  in Vero Beach, Fl .  this morning but I didn’t cry until I heard
    your cello this afternoon…so young and such a gift….God bless!

  • Hbrackenridge


    After hearing a portion of your 9/11 composition on WBUR last week, I found the melody so beautiful and haunting that I made a mental note to try to find the whole piece.

    Thank you for expressing through music what is inexpressible in words.

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