The Temple of Memories
Sunday, September 16, 2012 | 2-4pm
New York Buddhist Church
331-332 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10025
Cross Streets: Between Duke Ellington Boulevard and West 105th Street
Subways: 1 to 103 St; 1 to Cathedral Pkwy
Buses: M5 to Riverside Dr-W 106 St; M60 to W 106 St-Broadway; M104 to Broadway-W 106 St
FREE. Donations welcome.
The New York Buddhist Church on the Upper East Side is the setting for a new collaboration exploring death, remembrance, and deliverance in different traditions and the ties that exist amongst them. Resident Japanese Taiko (drum) ensemble Soh Daiko (meaning “peace, harmony, working together” in Japanese), the first Taiko ensemble established on the East Coast, welcomes members of Jeff Fairbanks’ Project Hansori (meaning “one sound” in Korean), the irresistible 18-member Asian-influenced jazz ensemble.
In a two-part program culminating in a shared performance, Soh Daiko and Project Hansori will use the various rooms of the Church to create an all-immersive sonic environment in which the Church is highlighted in its role as a site of memorialization. Featured work will include Soh Daiko’s Nanaori which was composed for the 9/11 Memorial and inspired by the colors and fabrics seen at Shinto shrines and by the chanting of Buddhist priests. It wishes for peace, calm, and harmony. Also included will be segments of Project Hansori’s Mulberry Street, a musical work inspired by Fairbanks’ many experiences performing in multicultural Buddhist funerals in Manhattan Chinatown.
Presented by The New York Buddhist Church.