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Meditation + Multimedia Concert: Shades of Green in the Light
September 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT$20
CRS invites you to Shades of Green in the Light, an immersive multi-media dialogue between sound, video, space and stillness improvised for us by CRS Healer and crystal singing bowl player Miyoko Satoh followed by musicians Seungmin Cha and JunYi Chow with video artist Karen Y. Chan.
Though often fleeting, the awareness of stillness is like entering the wilderness, where time melts away and the senses are awakened by subtleties that become magnified. There is clarity and spaciousness in stillness that encourages the mind to wander into unexplored regions. It is an opportunity to observe, question, or just be present with what is there, or more importantly, what is not there. Some instruments that will be heard include the daegum, a traditional Korean bamboo flute, played by Cha, who will also incorporate electronic sounds, and the cello and melodion, played by Chow. The musicians will live-score Chan’s video collage during a 60-minute improvisational set that will include moments of stillness.
This concert concludes Seungmin Cha’s Asian Cultural Council fellowship in NYC. Tickets are $20 and are available online, by phone (212-677-8621) and at the door.
Emerging as one of the most influential experimental Daegeum (Korean transverse bamboo flute) artists, Seungmin Cha was trained in traditional music and its discourse. A graduate of the School of Music at Seoul National University, Ms. Cha has developed her career as a solo Daegeum artist, the director of her music ensemble Shiro as well as composer. She is performing both solo and in bands as part of the indie music scene of Seoul’s Hongdae neighbourhood. Her performances incorporate traditional (jeongga and minyo), indie, experimental elements. You can see the evolution of Gugak (Korean traditional music) through her as a traditional music performer, who is at the same time, a contemporary composer and independent musician in the underground scene. She received a prestigious Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2016 and is currently living in NYC until October with ACC’s support. https://seungminchamusic.com
Malaysia-born New York-based Composer, Multi-instrumentalist and Improviser. Chow’s music has been lauded by Financial Times for its “skilful contrasts in both volume and texture.” His interest in music explores the indefinite possibilities of tone colour and sound, and features a mixed musical style based on classical contemporary music, Chinese tunes, Gamelan music, minimalism, and popular music, amongst other influences. In March 2017, he received the Grand Prize of Best Orchestra Work by Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition. His current project is “Stillness in Queens,” a collaborative cross-disciplinary work with video artist Karen Y. Chan and is partly funded by Queens Council On The Arts. He is currently the Composer-In-Residence of Teng Company (Singapore) and Vivo Experimental Orchestra (Malaysia). He graduated from Indiana University and Central Conservatory of Music, majoring in music composition. http://www.junyichow.com
Karen Y. Chan
Karen Y. Chan (b. 1975, New York City) works with video, film, and sound to explore the relationships between space, time, and memory. Using her own fragmented memories as raw materials, she creates visual meditations, giving shape to the enigmatic forces that free and seize the mind. Chan holds degrees from New York University and The New School. Her work has been shown locally and nationally at the Queens Museum, Horton Gallery, NURTUREart Gallery, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, BronxArtSpace, Vox Populi, Roman Susan, ACRE TV/Fernwey Gallery, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center, and more. She was recently Artist-in-Residence at the Studios at MASS MoCA/Assets for Artists and participated in The Art of Stillness Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada. Chan lives in Queens and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. http://www.karenychan.com
Miyoko Satoh is a CRS Healer and practices Spiritual Counseling, Energy Healing, Crystal Singing Bowl Healing, and Guided meditation. She was born and raised in Japan. In her childhood she awakened to her spiritual awareness of the world beyond. In 2001, she began studying A Course in Miracles and meditation, further developing her spiritual awareness. In 2004, she began spiritual counseling and energy healing work. She offers private healing sessions, counseling for relationships, career etc., and sound healing with crystal singing bowls.