NEW MUSIC INSPIRED BY BUDDHISM
Saturday, September 22, 2012 | 4-6pm
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
Cross Streets: Between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue
Subways: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F, L, M to 14 St; 1 to 18 St; N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14 St-Union Sq
Buses: M7 to 7 Av-W 17 St; M20 to 7 Av-W 17 St; M5, M7 to Av of the Americas-W 18 St
(212) 620-5000 x 344
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.
Presented by the Rubin Museum of Art. This performance opens Momenta’s 2012-2013 season. 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.