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Crossing Boundaries Concert Series Vol. 3: 7 word chanting 靈山會相 + tea ceremony

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Crossing Boundaries Concert Series Vol. 3: 7 word chanting 靈山會相 + tea ceremony

Time: November 9, 2018 from 8pm to 9:15pm
Location: CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
Street: 123 4th Ave FL 2
City/Town: New York
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Event Discipline: music
Organized By: Center for Remembering & Sharing
Latest Activity: Sep 25, 2018

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CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents 7 word chanting Yeongsanhoesang 靈山會相, featuring Korean traditional music performed by gamin (piri, saenghwang) and Min Kyung Park (haegeum) accompanied by a tea ceremony performed by Korean tea master Sei-Ryun Chun. Following the performance, there will be a short talk about Korean tea ceremony and Q&A with the artists.

Both the music and tea ceremony presented in this program have been handed down to us from medieval Buddhist practices. As Buddhism in Korea fell in and out of favor through the centuries, both the music and the tea ceremony were frequently revised to serve the times. Artists today continue to find ways to explore and extend these traditional art forms in ways that speak to the present moment and connect us not only to our heritage but to one another.

Tickets are $25 and are available online, by phone (212-677-8621), and at CRS.

CROSSING BOUNDARIES — ECHOES OF KOREA, curated by gamin (piri, taepyeonso, saenghwang), provides musicians from Korea with space to experiment with the new, to collaborate across genres, cultures and disciplines, and to explore new ways of using creative communication to facilitate a shared practice of presence. The goal is to dissolve boundaries between performers and audiences, the traditional and contemporary, classical and experimental, Korea and the world. Participants in the series are encouraged to incorporate meditation, improvisation, and collaborations with visual and movement-based artists as well as musical artists from different traditions.

About the Program

Tea ceremony by Sei-Ryun Chun
Piri & saenghwang played by gamin
Haegeum played by Min Kyung Park

Originally a vocal piece with lyrics drawing on the words of the Buddha’s sermon in Mount Yeongsan, IndiaYeongsanhoesang became purely instrumental in the 15th century. The music has undergone continuous change with the current version taking form sometime in the 19th century. There are many versions of the suite, which typically includes 8–9 pieces. While the genesis of the suite is not completely certain, the first piece of the suite, “Sangryeongsan” appears to be the foundation for the suite. The following pieces in the suite include variations on “Sangryeongsan,” as well as standard musical forms and dance pieces of the Joseon era (1392-1910). “Sangryeongsan,” the slowest and longest piece in the suite, progresses gracefully and gently like the flow of water.

The Korean tea ceremony is distinguished by its emphasis on preparing and enjoying tea with a natural manner and minimum of ritualized formality. Originally, it was directly connected with Buddhist practices, but today it can be enjoyed by everyone. 

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