Opening Concert: Entrancing: Sacred Sounds from Asian America
BORA YOON + RIYAAZ QAWWALI
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | 8-10pm
The Church of the Ascension
5th Avenue at 10th Street, New York, NY 10011
Cross Street: West 10th Street
Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M to W 4 St-Wash Sq; N, R to 8 St-NYU; 6 to Astor Pl; L to 14 St-Union Sq
Buses: M1, M2, M3, M5 to 5 Av-W 10 St; M8 to W 9 St-5 Av
$20 General Admission
$10 Artists, Students and Seniors
Free for children under 5
Special $40 VIP tickets include reserved seating and post-event reception with the artists.
Purchase tickets online by clicking here or by telephone at 1-800-838-3006 (Brown Paper Tickets).
Online ticket sales end at 2pm EST on September 12, 2012.
After this time tickets will still be available at the door.
Open seating. Arrive early to ensure best seats.
The Opening Concert of the Festival features performances by two young and outstanding groups of Asian American musicians in an event dedicated to the festival’s mission: to promote artists as agents of change, demonstrating the power of art and culture to unleash imagination, break down barriers, and connect communities together for the greater good.
New York-based experimental composer, sound artist and vocalist Bora Yoon will present the world premiere of Sunken Cathedral, a site-specific program using instruments ranging from the viola and Tibetan singing bowls to electronics and found objects, to create a tapestry of ethereal sounds that explore the space where sound connects to the subliminal. Riyaaz Qawwali, a group of eight young Asian American male musicians from Austin, Texas, making their New York debut, will in turn offer a program of traditional Qawwali, the enthralling, richly melodic, and rhythmic group-chanting style of Sufi music from South Asia. The artists will close the program with a collaborative piece.
As the artists express their spiritual devotion through music, the audience is invited to join on a mystical journey of deep listening and gradual exaltation inside the magnificent Church of the Ascension, the oldest church on Fifth Avenue. The event showcases a sliver of the vibrancy that exists in our Asian American artistic community, and in the spirit of the festival provides a platform for a most heartfelt collaboration. Join us on this special occasion as we open the festival and begin twelve days of community building across the city.
This event is presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance in association with the Church of the Ascension. This event marks the sneak preview release of Bora Yoon’s new album, Sunken Cathedral, which is made possible by the Sorel Organization for Women Composers. Special thanks to: Judy Cope, Claudette Sorel, and Dennis Keene.