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Crossing Boundaries Concert Series Vol. 6: MUSIC AND LIVE PAINTING IMPROVISATION

June 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT

| $20 – $30

Organized by: CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)

Israel in Egypt by Kevork Mourad

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents CROSSING BOUNDARIES Concert Series Vol. 6: MUSIC AND LIVE PAINTING IMPROVISATION, curated by JunYi Chow. Musician Hu Jianbing and visual artist Kevork Mourad of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble team up for a breathtaking audio-visual conversation.

         curator:  JunYi Chow
      musician:  Hu Jianbing (Chinese sheng, China)
live painting:  Kevork Mourad (Syrian–American)

This is the third of eight concerts in the series during 2019 and will take place on June 14, 2019 at 8 pm at CRS.

Tickets are $25 in advance $30 at the door. Students and seniors with valid ID can purchase tickets for $20 at the door. Tickets are available online at crsny.org, by phone (212-677-8621), and at CRS.


Hu Jianbing has earned wide recognition for his artistry as a sheng soloist and composer. He graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music and joined in the Central National Traditional Orchestra of China. He is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Hu is very active in cultural and academic exchange between China and United States. In 2004, Hu with Bao Jian went to Paris to perform in a concert organized by Pro Musicis. Their premiere featured Hu’s piece “Dancing with Ghosts.” In the same year Hu performed with Bao Jian in the Guanzi and Sheng Contemporary Music Concert at Carnegie Hall. The year after at the same place he performed “Jin Diao,” one of his representative works, for the board of directors of Carnegie Hall. In 2007, invited by his alma mater, he participated in the Beijing International Modern Music Festival, where he held the recital “Extension: Guan Zi and Sheng.” Hu also cooperated with ACJW Ensemble for a performance at Carnegie Hall in 2008. In the same year he participated in Peabody Museum’s “Olympic Week” concert series and held a solo recital at the concert hall of Colgate University in New York. In 2009, Hu and his colleague Bao Jian were invited by the Museum of Modern Art to give a special concert for Sheng and Guan Zi at its concert hall. In 2010 Hu was invited by the Cambridge Salon of Harvard University and delivered a speech on composition and interpretation of Chinese music. In 2011, Hu perform a Sheng and Orchestra piece with the Seattle Symphony. The Boston Globe wrote of his recent performances, “he has an impressive command of the sheng and of a broad range of its classical, folk, and modern musical literatures.”

Kevin Mourad was born in Qamishli, a town in northeastern Syria. Of Armenian heritage, he received his Master of Fine Arts from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia, and now lives and works in New York. With his technique of live drawing and animation, where he shares the stage with musicians—a collaboration in which art and music develop in counterpoint to each other—he has worked with many world-renowned musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Kim Kashkashian, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Brooklyn Rider, The Knights, Perspectives Ensemble, Paola Prestini, and Kinan Azmeh. Mourad is a member, as a visual artist, of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. He has performed, among others, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, the Morgenland Festival, Le Festival du Monde Arabe in Montreal, the Nara Museum in Japan, Lincoln Center Atrium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park’s Summerstage, the Agha Khan Museum in Toronto, Carnegie Hall, The Walk Disney Concert Hall, and the ElbPhilharmonie in Hamburg.

His projects have included: Home Within with Kinan Azmeh, which has toured the world; the multi-media plays Tangled Yarn and Lost Spring with writer/performer Anaïs Tekerian which premiered at MuCEM in Marseille and at National Sawdust; Manuel De Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show, performed with The Knights at Tanglewood and the Bric, and with Perspectives Ensemble at Angel Orensanz; On Foot, with Battery Dance Company, Lembit Beecher’s chamber opera I Have No Stories to Tell You at Opera Philadelphia. Commissioned by The Space, UK, he created Barbed Wire (2015), a musical-visual project that aims to encapsulate the reality of Syrians forced to leave their country. In February 2017, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, he performed the biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt, as part of the Chorale’s Hidden Handel project. The piece had its New York premiere with Master Voices at Carnegie Hall in December 2018.

Through the large-scale multi-layered painting created for his exhibition Immortal City, which was on view at the Rose Art Museum in late 2017 to early 2018, he delved deeply into his Syrian and Armenian heritage. He created a piece that explores the history of Lebanon, called The Space Between, which was exhibited at the Beirut Art Fair and his piece mining for the lost heritage of his Armenian ancestors, Time Immemorial, was exhibited at the International Contemporary Art Exhibition in Armenia in the fall of 2018.

The 2016 recipient of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Prize, Mourad is currently at work on an animated short film about Syria. He was also commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a performance to accompany their Armenia! exhibit. The performance, featuring world-class musicians and the composition of Vache Sharafyan, was premiered on November 2nd, 2018.

Upcoming projects include “The Museum as Studio” at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto in February 2019, a dance performance piece with the OYO dance troupe in Namibia in March 2019, and a solo exhibit at the Karlsruhe Art Fair, Germany organized by the Galerie Kuchling, Berlin, in April 2019.


Now in its second year, CROSSING BOUNDARIES is a performance series devoted to creating unforgettable live art experiences that dissolve boundaries between performers and audiences, traditional and new music, and the local and the global, bringing people together and promoting the awareness that we each possess a limitless creativity inside us.

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) has from its inception in 2004 attracted many people from abroad, and has become known for presenting healing, arts, and cultural programs from around the world and from Asia in particular. This season, which is supported by a grant from the LMCC, is curated by three outstanding artists of Asian descent:  gamin, Jen Shyu, and JunYi Chow. There is a long tradition of interdisciplinarity in Asian arts, where ritual practices have always involved elements of dance, theatre, improvised music, and storytelling, and this season will build on that tradition.

Learn about the 2019 Season Curators

View the 2019 Season Announcement

The 2019 season of CROSSING BOUNDARIES is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC. LMCC empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Manhattan and beyond.

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Event Date:
June 14
Event Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$20 – $30
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