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Thursday, October 4, 2012

EARTH SOUNDS

Munkh-Erdene Chuluunbat Stephen Kent on DidjeridooCarlos Nakai

Earth Sounds creates and explores resonances between Native American, Mongolian, and Australian musical cultures. The ancient traditions of these three cultures are intrinsically linked with the experience of nomadic life, seasonal migrations, the sounds of nature, and ultimately the earth itself. Together, they merge into a meditative, healing, and inspiring musical creation. With acclaimed musicians Shinetsog Dorjnyam (Mongolia, throat-singer), Munkh-Erdene Chuluunbat (Mongolia, yatag), Stephen Kent (Australia, didgeridoo), and Grammy nominee R. Carlos Nakai (USA, flute). 

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
 
Tickets: $35 (VIP priority seating and workshop admission) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. Reserve by telephone (632-4400), email (wangcenter@stonybrook.edu), or online at www.stonybrook.edu/wang. 
 
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October 16, 2012

The Sonagi ProjectSONAGI PROJECT

The Sonagi Project, a passionate and innovative percussion ensemble based in Seoul, brings traditional Korean instruments into the twenty-first century with a fusion of Korean, world, folk, and modern musical styles. The Sonagi Project experiments in styles as diverse as pansori (Korean Opera), pungmulgut (Korean folk drumming and dancing), and samulnori (modern percussion), emphasizing Korean culture and identity while making fresh, lively music with global appeal.

With Ryu Seung PyoGong Bit NaKim Ha Na, Kim So Hee, and founding creative director Chang Jae Hyo. Assisted by Jeonghye Yun (Sonagi Program Coordinator & Production Manager) and Antonio Huerta (Sonagi Director of Event Operations). 

Presented with the Stony Brook University Center for Korean Studies. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 7:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Free and Open to the Public
 

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November 18, 2012

Journeys: Soh Young Lee and Friends 

soh young lee in performance

Soprano Soh Young Lee takes a musical journey around the globe, with an eclectic repertoire of opera, art song, folk music, and pop. With her crystalline voice and warm stage presence, Lee performs Native American, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Filipino, and Russian songs, sounding out her solidarity with the global village.

Joining Soh Young Lee are saxophonist T.K. Blue and Korean Opera (Pansori) singer Oak Joo Moon. Praised for his "personal, clear, and incisive" instrumental voice, T.K. Blue has recorded and performed with legendary artists including Abdullah Ibrahim, Dizzy Gillespie, Regina Carter, and Bobby McFerrin.

Recognized as a prodigy of Pansori, Oak Joo Moon has had a stellar career, including numerous international performances. She is a winner of the Korean Presidential Award (1998) and is the only official recognized National Korean Human Cultural Asset living outside of Korea.

Also featuring Keyth Hart (Piano/Voice), Maureen Hynes (Cello), Nydia "Liberty" Mata (Percussion), John Ray (Bass), Eun Sook Yuh (Hourglass drum), and Ann Zalkind (Piano).

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 4:00 PM. Reception to follow performance

Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
 
Tickets: $35 (VIP Priority Seating) / $20 (General) / $15 (Seniors) / $10 (Students). Discount of 20% for groups of 5 or more. Reserve by telephone (632-4400), email (wangcenter@stonybrook.edu), or online at www.stonybrook.edu/wang.
 
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

BEYOND GRACE

(Sara Baur-Harding / 2011 / USA, India / 78 minutes / English)

Mohiniyattam dancersAn intimate portrait of Bharati Shivaji and Vijayalakshmi, mother and daughter masters of Mohiniyattam dance. Shivaji is credited with reconstructing the classical Indian dance form, while her daughter Vijayalakshmi has advanced the dance form by continually challenging tradition through the unconventional use of multicultural music and innovative choreographies. This film documents the creative collaboration of these determined and graceful women.

Screening to be accompanied by a performance from Vijayalakshmi.  Discussion to follow. 

Vijayalakshmi’s Mohiniyattam is delightful with delicate movements, deep torso inflections and soft undulations. Though the femininity and grace are generic to the dance style, Vijayalakshmi (daughter and disciple of eminent dancer Bharati Shivaji) adds charm to the movement vocabulary with her vivacious nature and expressive eyes. (The Hindu)

… encapsulates the vision and missionary zeal of the world renowned exponents of Mohiniyattam, Bharati Shivaji and daughter Vijayalakshmi. (South Asia Mail)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7:00PM
Charles B. Wang Center Theatre
Admission: $5 (all)

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December 1, 2012

TellabrAsian

Stories!The Charles B. Wang Center takes you on a journey through Asia in its unique version of Tellebration, the annual world-wide celebration of storytelling. Join us as talented storytellers weave a web of folktales and fairytales – and personal, spiritual, mythical, comedic, and poignant human stories – from and about Asia and Asia America.

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 3:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Center Chapel

Free and open to the public.

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