How to Survive While in Exile explores the physical, psycho-emotional, political and conceptual manifestations of “being in exile”. It premiered on January 17 & 18, 2009 at Links Hall, Chicago and has since been re-envisioned and performed at performances festivals and academic conferences including Radical Intersections: A conference bridging activism and performance practices at Northwestern University, Chicago on April 26, 2009.
This interdisciplinary piece was created over winter 2008-2009 as part of a trans-national collaboration between Coman Poon (Toronto, Canada), Erica Mott (Chicago, USA), Sheelah Murthy and 16 college prep students of the Hsinshu International School (Taiwan).
New York City based composer Waddy Thompson‘s works have been performed at the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., St. Louis Spring Festival, Chicago Festival of New Music, Florida New Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and on many recitals. February 2011 sees two NYC performances for his new work for string quartet, “Winter Morning by a Lake”:
On February 21, 7:25 p.m., at Symphony Space, Thompson’s new work will be performed by the Cassatt Quartet, as part of The Music of Now marathon concert (which begins at 4 p.m.). In addition to Thompson, featured composers during this segment include Shirish Korde, David Del Tredici, Charles Wuorinen, Evan Ziporyn, and Daniel Godfrey, as well as composer-performers Matt Sullivan (oboe) and Gustavo Casenave (jazz piano). Performances by Alice Jones (flute), Alison Deane (piano), Fidelio Trio, Cassatt Quartet, and Ursula Oppens (piano).
On February 26, 5:00 p.m., at the Nicholas Roerich Museum the same work will receive its “Above 96th Street Premiere” performed by violinist Vita Wallace and others as part of a program on meditation. In addition to Thompson’s work, this gathering for music and meditation also features music by Hannah Lash, Carl Voss, and David Loeb, and simple mindfulness meditation instruction. This is a day for people of all backgrounds to hear music differently – seating on the floor, as well as chairs: feel free to bring a cushion.
Accordion player Ernest Sau will be at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge for this weekend’s Baby Got Bach performance on February 6th from 11am – 12:30pm. In this monthly series, kids play real instruments during pre-concert activities. Ernest will be playing and demonstrating the accordion and showing parents and children the opportunity to try and play this instrument. Other performers on this weekend’s program include Baby Got Bach’s Artistic Director and pianist, Orli Shaham, violinist Nurit Pacht, horn player Alma Liebrecht and the premiere of “Sneaky March” by composer Steven Mackey. In addition to Mackey’s premiere, music old and new and instruments familiar and unfamiliar will be played.
Babt Got Bach’s program is aimed toward 3 to 6 year-olds, but all ages are welcome. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase, and Baby Got Bach’s 11 am – 12:30 pm time on Sundays is designed to work around family naptime schedules. Tickets prices for the February 6th performances are $10 for children, $20 for adults, and $40 for family (up to 2 children & 2 adults), and can be purchased through (Le) Poisson Rouge at www.lepoissonrouge.com or (212) 505-FISH (212) 505-3474. Tickets are also available at the door, subject to availability. LPR is located at 158 Bleeker Street, between Thompson and Sullivan Streets in Greenwich Village.
About the Accordion: The accordion is a box-shaped musical instrument sometimes referred to as a “squeezebox.” The accordion is played by pushing or opening a bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing valves to open. This allows air to flow across strips of brass or steel that vibrate to produce sound inside the body of the accordion. The instrument is sometimes considered a one-man-band as it needs no accompanying instrument.
Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) celebrates the Chinese New Year with colorful, traditional music, dance and martial arts performances at Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, on Sunday, February 13, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Navy Pier’s Chinese New Year Celebration is a part of the Neighborhoods of the World series, Sundays, Feb. 6 – Apr. 3, 2011, in the Crystal Gardens.
These Free Public Performances will feature:
Lion Dance and Martial Arts by the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center Lion Dance Troupe
Chinese Fine Arts Society’s Chinese Instrument Ensemble featuring YuQi Deng (GuZheng), Erhu: Alexander Li (Erhu), Kerry Leung (Bamboo Flute) and Brent Roman on Yangqin. GuZheng, Erhu, and Yangqin are traditional Chinese instruments.
Jin Qiu Yue Dance Studio featuring students of Northwestern University, members of Little Star Dance Troupe, Flying Fairies Dance Group, and Oak Park Daughter’s Dance Group
Bei Dou Kung Fu All Stars
Peking Opera excerpt
Hakka Dance Troupe led by Rei Ling Chang
CFAS Chorus, under the direction of Lori Ho
Shadow Puppet Show led by Lori Ho
The Magical Strings of Youth of the Betty Haag Academy of Music
Fashion Show including traditional Chinese costumes from various dynasties
CFAS is dedicated to the presentation and promotion of Chinese Cultural Arts. By offering high quality professional performances of traditional and contemporary music compositions by Chinese and western composers, Chinese music on both traditional and western instruments, and Chinese dance and martial arts, CFAS seeks to reach a broad range of people and heighten their awareness of the richness of Chinese culture.
Summation Dance Company presents the World Premiere of its first evening-length work KEEP YOUR FEATHERS DRY at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th Street, at 7:30 pm on February 4-5, 2011. Tickets are $20 ($12 for students) and are available at SmartTix or 212-868-4444.
KEEP YOUR FEATHERS DRY explores the emotional burdens of heartbreak complicated by war. The dancers represent fragmented thoughts and distorted emotions as they navigate their way through the incomprehensible. The piece is choreographed by Sumi Clements and produced by Taryn Vander Hoop. The music includes the works of Moby, Four Tet, and Blockhead.
Summation Dance Company, founded by Sumi Clements and Taryn Vander Hoop, is a New York City based modern dance company creating exciting, innovative, and highly physical work. The mission of Summation is to find the beauty in struggle, the humor in the mundane, and the grace in humanity.
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