Awakenings New Music Inspired by Buddhism
The celebrated Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) performs contemporary works by Asian American composers, and a composition by John Cage, for a program inspired by Buddhist art and thought.
The performance features Kee Yong Chong's "Clouds Surging" (2011), based on a contemporary ink painting reflective of contemplation in nature; Ushio Torikai's "Four Teen" (2003) which involves Japanese Buddhist chant; Huang Ruo's "The Flag Project" (2009), exploring the movement of Tibetan prayer flags; and Jason Kao Hwang's "If We Live in Forgetfulness, We Die in a Dream" (2011), inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh. In honor of John Cage's centenary year, Momenta closes the performance with Cage’s mystical “Quartet in Four Parts” (1951), which draws from Indian philosophy. Featuring the world premiere of Canadian artist John Gurrin’s video art, created for Cage's composition.
The Momenta Quartet’s 2012-2013 season is made possible through the generous support of the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, New Music USA’s Cary New Music Performance Fund, and by the New York Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
*Tickets include pre-program guided tour at 3:15pm
Presented as part of LOCATING THE SACRED
Awakenings is part of the Asian American Arts Alliance's Locating the Sacred Festival, which takes place across New York City from September 12 to 23, 2012.
More information at http://www.locatingthesacred.org