Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Waltham, MA / Brandeis University

From East Asia - Unforgotten Song 

"this is our song; we still have to remember her songs and pray for her" – gamin

 

Final Concert, Slosberg Recital Hall
Preconcert Talk 7:00 pm

 Please join us for an unforgettable evening.  As artistic performance becomes ritual, we remember and honor the Comfort Women of occupied countries in East Asia, who were forced into sexual slavery between 1932-1945.  

Korean master musician gamin (piri, saenghwang, taepyungso) – who transforms the concert hall into “a place of deep enchantment, transcending time and space” – has curated this remarkable ritual performance.  Joining gamin, the sounds of the shakuhachi (bamboo flute, once the province of the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhist monks), Chinese sheng, and the Lydian String Quartet suffuse a soundscape that includes traditional Korean music, improvisations based on East Asian folk music, and contemporary expressions.  Composers Ki Young Kim and Yoon Ji Lee have written new works for this collaborative concert, and framing the program, visual artist Chang-Jin Lee’s poignant and powerful video asks us to contemplate the experiences of Comfort Women survivors through a visual poetry based on words, images and expressive visual abstractions. 

At its heart, Unforgotten Song is a story of resilience, courage and strength in the face of suffering and injustice.  Archived songs sung by surviving comfort women are transformed into a ritual as beautiful as it is heart-breaking - that is for not only for victims in the past, but also for all women who are suffering from injustice in the world.

 

Throughout the residency week of November 11-16, residency artists will visit classes throughout the university for performances and discussions.  See residency schedule.

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Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Harvard, MA / Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church - POSTPONED

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THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED, DATE TBA

A special benefit concert performance for The Harvard Cultural Collaborative

MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 12
HARBISON / YOUNG Thanks, Victor
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, op. 59, no. 1 ("Razumovsky”)

Ticket information here

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Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Waltham, MA / Brandeis University

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1
Janáček: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”
Saad Haddad: String Quartet (world premiere)

Composer Saad Haddad, who will be in attendance for the event, describes his quartet as traversing “many areas of traditional Middle Eastern music, …and seeking to amalgamate those characteristics with traits typically found in Western classical music.” Haddad’s quartet is composed of three movements. The first, “Daf,” is named after the frame drum commonly used in traditional Middle Eastern ensembles, and features rhythmic pulses in a “seemingly improvised, though thoroughly composed, manner.” The Second, “Fugha,” imagines “what it might have been like if Bach was born in Alexandria, rather than Eisenach, and what harmonic discoveries… he might have made in pursuit of his perfect counterpoint.” The final movement, "Nashwa," or 'trance,' “is an aural meditation inspired by the contrast of swelling resonances from inside the oud, an Arab lute, and the surface, percussive sounds of the qanun, an Arab zither.” 

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Apr
12
to Apr 13

Denton, TX / University of North Texas residency

Lydian String Quartet residency, April 12-13, 2017
UNT College of Music

Voertman Concert Hall, Music Building
Thursday, 8pm, April 13, 2017
STEVEN SNOWDEN Bird Catching From Above (2016)
HAYDN String Quartet in D major, Op 64 No 5 "Lark"
JON CHRISTOPHER NELSON Spinning Silence in the Possible Blue (2016) (Texas premiere)
RAVEL String Quartet

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