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CRS Presents Paradise Laboratory: Hell in Paradise — Li-Chin Li & Jeonghyeon Joo
June 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT$10 – $20
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) invites you to the next installment of its Paradise Laboratory concert series, Hell in Paradise, featuring music that that blurs the lines between traditional and experimental performed by Asian Cultural Council 2023 Winter Fellow Li-Chin Li (Chinese sheng and electronics) with special guest California Institute of the Arts faculty member Jeonghyeon Joo (Korean haegeum). The concert will take place on June 25, 2023 at 8 pm in the award-winning White Room at CRS.
The program will include the US premieres of three compositions for sheng performed solo with electronics, composed by Francisco Uberto, Heng Chen, and Jialin Liu and first performed in Li-Chin’s “Rencontre autour du Sheng à Paris” concert in 2022 at the Italian Cultural Centre in Paris, as well as a solo by Jeonghyeon and an improvised duet.
Tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $20 general admission and are available through eventbrite.com and at the door for cash only, if not sold out.
The White Room at CRS
123 4th Ave FL3
New York, NY 10003
CRS is located on the 3rd floor of a walk-up building above Think Coffee, between 12th & 13th streets, one block east of The Strand Bookstore. There is no elevator or wheelchair access.
NEAREST SUBWAY STATIONS:
4/5/6, N/R/Q, L trains to 14th St / Union Square
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
Born in Taichung, Taiwan, Li-Chin Li is a Sheng soloist, composer, and performer. Majored in Chinese Music at the Tainan National University of the Arts, Li-Chin received solid training in traditional music education. After graduation, she worked for the most selective and prestige Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra as a Sheng performer. Li-chin soon figured a nine-to-five job doesn’t’ suit her for making her own music and performing. Li-chin is known for her ability to apply Sheng to various art forms and music genres. Through her work, she is committed to exploring musicians’ subjectivity and diversity of roles in the performing arts.
In October 2021, Li-Chin took part in a six-month residency program at the esteemed Cité internationale des arts in Paris. Handpicked by the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, she seized this opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of talented composers and musicians residing in France, culminating with her performance in the concert “Rencontre autour du Sheng à Paris” co-presented by the Italian Cultural Centre and Taiwan Cultiral Centre in Paris at the end of her residency there. The concert garnered praise from the French national radio program, “Journal de la Création,” making a significant impact on the exchange of contemporary music between Taiwan and France, as well as elevating Taiwan’s sheng music to an international stage.
Recently, she has been selected as a member of IRCAM concert de l’atelier d’improvisation, ManiFeste-2022, and she has been guested with Ensemble LINEA and Ensemble CAIRN in 2022. Last but not least, she is a grantee of Asian Culture Council in New York 2023.
Jeonghyeon Joo is an award-winning haegeum performer, composer, improviser, and researcher who is an ardent advocate for new and experimental music. Joo’s work explores the somatic, corporeal relationship between musical instrument and body, frequently collaborating with composers, performers, visual artists, choreographers, film directors, and dancers. Her recent projects have been supported by Arts Council Korea and Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. She is currently pursuing a DMA at the California Institute of the Arts and is on faculty at the California Institute of the Arts and Seoul Institute of the Arts.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
CRS (CENTER FOR REMEMBERING & SHARING) is a spiritual healing and art center founded in 2004 by the writer/lecturer/spiritual counselor Yasuko Kasaki and artist Christopher Pelham. Our mission is guided by A Course in Miracles (ACIM). ACIM says that recognizing that you and your brother are actually one is the only way to experience peace. The mission of CRS is to promote the awareness that limitless creativity lives within each of us. We train minds to recognize the light in themselves and others and provide them opportunities to share their inner vision through the healing and creative arts. Since its founding CRS has provided numerous residencies and performance and exhibition opportunities to artists from all over the world. Currently, CRS is a multi-year sponsor of M³ (Mutual Mentorship for Musicians), a platform created to empower, elevate, normalize and give visibility to women, non-binary musicians and those of other historically underrepresented gender identities in intersection with race, sexuality, or ability across generations in the US and worldwide, through a radical model of mentorship and musical collaborative commissions.