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Paradise Laboratory 5: Galen Passen (sitar) & gamin (piri & saenghwang)
December 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST$10 – $30
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents the first live concert of its Paradise Laboratory series, a collaboration between Korean wind player gamin and sitar player Galen Passen. This program features three sections: an improvised duet, live scoring to visual projections, and a musical dialog with text by playwright Mia Chung. The intimate concert will take place in the cloud-like White Room at CRS, an ideal setting for the trance-inducing sonic interplay of these rarely combined instruments.
Tickets are on sale for $10 – $30 in advance on eventbrite.com and $30 cash at the door. Proof of full vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna or J&J) and photo ID must be shown to gain entry, no exceptions.
PARADISE LABORATORY is a playground for sonic and visual experimentation. Conceived of during the pandemic by the renowned Korean traditional multi-instrumentalist, curator, and scholar gamin, Paradise Laboratory provides musical artists with opportunities to rehearse, record, film, and perform with other musical, visual, and dance artists in an experimental, process-oriented, and artist-centered fashion.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Galen Passen is a sitarist, composer, and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NYC. His devotion to training within the traditional formats of hindustani music have provided him with respect and love for the ever unfolding wisdom of sound while his diverse experiences across countries, genres, people and vocations have given him the conviction that art is to serve a greater purpose of spirituality and justice.
Besides hindustani music he performs experimental compositions, collaborations with dance and other creative formats. He has had the privilege to work with the Pittsburgh Opera and Brooklyn Raga Massive and was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from The Saratoga Arts Council which he used to conceive and launch Folk Song, an emergent ensemble inspired by the forms of hindustani and Irish Trad.
gamin is a distinguished NYC soloist who tours the world performing both traditional Korean music and cross-disciplinary collaborations. gamin plays piri (double reed Korean oboe), taepyeonso (double-reed horn), and saenghwang (mouth organ). She is a designated Yisuja, official holder of Important Intangible Cultural Asset No. 46 for Court and Royal Military music. Re-inventing new sonorities from ancient, somewhat restrictive, musical systems, gamin has received several cultural exchange program grants, including Artist-in-Residence (2014) at the Asian Cultural Council, and Ministry of Culture, Sports, Tourism of Republic of Korea (2012). gamin has collaborated in cross-cultural improvisation in NYC with world-acclaimed musician Jane Ira Bloom, Elliot Sharp, Ned Rothenberg, presenting premieres at Roulette Theater, New School, and Metropolitan Museum. gamin was featured artist at the Silkroad concert, Seoul, 2018, performing on-stage with Yo-Yo Ma. gamin, as soloist, has scheduled her Carnegie Hall debut with the Nangye Gugak Orchestra in coming year. She has been a curator for the Crossing Boundaries Concert Series, which she helped to conceive, at CRS since 2018.
Mia Chung’s Charm School will be presented by NAATCO and the Public Theatre in February 2022. Her work includes Catch as Catch Can [world premiere, Page 73 (NYC); post-pandemic premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre (Chicago)], This Exquisite Corpse, and You for Me for You [premiered at The Royal Court (London), the National Theatre Company of Korea (Seoul), Woolly Mammoth Theatre (DC); and published by Bloomsbury Methuen]. In addition to receiving a 2019 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and the Stavis Award, she has received commissions from Clubbed Thumb, MTC Theatre/Sloan, Playwrights Horizons, and South Coast Rep.