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    In 1979, Soh Daiko was established as the first taiko (Japanese drum) group on the East Coast under the guidance of the New York Buddhist Church. Asking Reverend Hozen Seki for a name that would mean “peace, harmony, working together,” the group was given the name “Soh Daiko.” The name reflects the spirit of dedication and cooperation, which has characterized the group. The group has performed in over 500 formal staged events and community festivals throughout the United States and abroad since its inception.

    Composer/trombonist Jeff Fairbanks has been deemed a “rising multi-faceted star if not musical voice on the New York scene” (@CritcialJazz), and received praise for his “fluid lines and lyrical sensibilities” (Jazz Times). Jeff's 2011 debut Mulberry Street (BJU Records), documenting his fusion of East Asian traditional music and Jazz, won awards from AMC and the Aaron Copland Fund, as well as wide critical praise. He has been commissioned by a range of ensembles, and as a trombonist has toured in Europe, Asia, Latin America and throughout the U.S. Project Hansori, Jeff's 17-piece Jazz orchestra, plays his original Asian-influenced music. Hansori means “one sound” in Korean, and reflects the leader’s vision for combining different cultural elements into a contemporary, orchestral jazz setting. Project Hansori has performed in NYC venues since 2007, including Flushing Town Hall and a residency at CUNY College’s LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

    The Temple of Memories

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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.
(212) 678-0305

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.