Meyer Auditorium Concert Series show

Meyer Auditorium Concert Series

Summary: A collection of music from Asia, recorded in the Freer Gallery of Art's Meyer Auditorium

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 A Korean and American Jazz Excursion: Five Directions | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:28

Six boundary-breaking musicians from Korea and the United States join forces for this cross-cultural jazz collaboration evoking the origins of the universe, the cosmic balance of yin and yang, and the five elements of creation. Three leading lights of the New York improv scene--Ned Rothenberg (clarinet, saxophone, and shakuhachi), Erik Friedlander (cello), and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)--are joined by three Korean musicians--Yoon Jeong Heo (geomungo/zither), Kwon Soon Kang (vocal), and Young Chi Min (daegum/flute and janggo/drum) --for this unique experiment that blends free jazz and traditional Korean music. This concert took place in the Freer Gallery's Meyer Auditorium on December 9, 2008. See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 Balinese Music and Dance: Gamelan Mitra Kusuma | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:55:15

Experience the shimmering brilliance of a Balinese gamelan orchestra and see images of the dramatic dances from the island's Hindu-Balinese traditions as the Washington, D.C., area's own Gamelan Mitra Kusuma (Flowering Friendship) performs a program of classical and contemporary repertoire. Three guest artists join gamelan director I Nyoman Suadin, who studied at Bali's Conservatory of the Performing Arts and currently teaches at the University of Maryland, Swarthmore College, and the Eastman School of Music. This performance took place in the Freer Gallery's Meyer Auditorium on December 4, 2008. It was made possible, in part, through support from the ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States, His Excellency Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, and through the cooperation of the Asian Cultural History Program of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 Between Tides: Chamber Music from Japan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:19

An international quartet of musicians combines Western and Japanese instruments to perform music written during the course of the twentieth-century, from Kosaku Yamada's "Seven Poems" (1914) to Toru Takemitsu's "Between Tides" (1993). Masayo Ishigure has performed on koto at Lincoln Center and on John Williams's soundtrack for the feature film "Memoirs of a Geisha." James Wilson was a long-time cellist with the Shanghai Quartet. Pianist Kathryn Woodard served as a consultant to Yo-Yo Ma's "Silk Road Project." Violinist Theresa Salomon completes this outstanding ensemble. This concert was presented on October 2, 2008, as part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series, supported by the New York Community Trust--The Island Fund and numerous additional donors. See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 Arab Music from Iraq: Rahim Alhaj, oud; Souhail Kaspar, percussion. Part 1 of 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:21

Iraqi-born musician Rahim Alhaj earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for his CD titled When the Soul Is Settled: Music of Iraq, released on the Smithsonian Folkways label. He studied at the famed Baghdad Conservatory under the late Munir Bashir, who was perhaps the greatest oud (Arab lute) master of the twentieth century. Since arriving in the United States in 2000, Alhaj has released three more CDs, including one of original music for oud and string quartet. Legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell calls Alhaj's music "beautiful, mysterious, and powerful." This concert on July 31, 2008, was made possible in part through support from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 Arab Music from Iraq: Rahim Alhaj, oud; Souhail Kaspar, percussion. Part 2 of 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:53

Iraqi-born musician Rahim Alhaj earned a 2008 Grammy nomination for his CD titled When the Soul Is Settled: Music of Iraq, released on the Smithsonian Folkways label. He studied at the famed Baghdad Conservatory under the late Munir Bashir, who was perhaps the greatest oud (Arab lute) master of the twentieth century. Since arriving in the United States in 2000, Alhaj has released three more CDs, including one of original music for oud and string quartet. Legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell calls Alhaj's music "beautiful, mysterious, and powerful." This concert on July 31, 2008, was made possible in part through support from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University. See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 Sufi Music from Iran: Persian National Music Ensemble | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:16

The Freer and Sackler Galleries celebrated the 800th anniversary of the birth of the Sufi poet Jalal-a-Din Rumi with a day of concerts, poetry readings, family activities, and gallery tours. The Persian National Music Ensemble, based in Baltimore, told stories of Rumi's life, reflected on his philosophy, recited selected poems, and performed traditional musical settings of Rumi's lyrics sung by vocalist Firoozeh Zarrabi, accompanied by santur (hammered zither), tar (lute), and daff and tombak (percussion). This studio recording presents the same program performed at the Freer Gallery of Art on October 27, 2007. See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 Portrait of Hwang Byungki: New and Traditional Music for Korean Instruments | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:11

Hwang Byungki is Korea's acclaimed master of the classical kayagum, an ancient ancestor of the Japanese koto. His six-member ensemble performs traditional music and original works by Hwang on kayagum, taegum (flute), komungo (zither), and changgu (hour-glass drum). Hwang Byungki has toured internationally for more than forty years. In 1990, he led an ensemble to North Korea to perform in a landmark concert advocating the reunification of Korea. This concert was made possible, in part, by the Korea Society and the Korea Foundation. Recorded live on June 5, 2007, Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. Sounds of the Night (0:00-11:30) Soyop Sanbang (11:53-22:10) Moon of My Hometown (22:36-27:02) Kayagum sanjo (27:25-46:02) Harimsong (46:40-54:20) Ch'imhyangmu (Dance of Aloe Perfume) (54:43-1:08:50) See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 North Indian Classical Music, Part 2 of 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:07

Grammy Award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt expanded the Hawaiian slide guitar to incorporate nineteen strings, which allows him to combine the techniques of Indian classical music from several traditional instruments, such as the sitar, sarod, and vina. He has performed worldwide, including appearances at the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the United Nations and for the celebration at Lincoln Center of Mahatma Ganhi's 125th birthday. Subhen Chatterjee has accompanied such masters as Bhimsen Joshi, V. G. Jog, and Rashid Khan. This concert was presented in celebration of the Freer's "Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas." Recorded live in the Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, March 28, 2008. Part 1 of 2: Rag Puriya Kalyan (1:08:15) Part 2 of 2: Rag Desh, Rag Kirwani, and Meeting by the River (50:47) See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 North Indian Classical Music, Part 1 of 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:15

Grammy Award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt expanded the Hawaiian slide guitar to incorporate nineteen strings, which allows him to combine the techniques of Indian classical music from several traditional instruments, such as the sitar, sarod, and vina. He has performed worldwide, including appearances at the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the United Nations and for the celebration at Lincoln Center of Mahatma Ganhi's 125th birthday. Subhen Chatterjee has accompanied such masters as Bhimsen Joshi, V. G. Jog, and Rashid Khan. This concert was presented in celebration of the Freer's "Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas." Recorded live in the Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, March 28, 2008. Part 1 of 2: Rag Puriya Kalyan (1:08:15) Part 2 of 2: Rag Desh, Rag Kirwani, and Meeting by the River (50:47) See images, program notes and related artwork at http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts

 Musicians from Marlboro | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:09

Six veterans of the venerable Marlboro Music Festival perform Franz Joseph Haydn's String Quartet, op. 20, no. 4 (1772); Elliott Carter's Figment IV, for unaccompanied viola (2007, American premiere); Carter's Quartet for Oboe and Strings (2001); and Robert Schumann's Quartet for Piano and Strings, op. 47 (1842). The ensemble features Susie Park and Harumi Rhodes, violins; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Priscilla Lee, cello; Rudolph Vrbsky, oboe; and Ieva Jokubaciute, piano. Recorded live in the Freer Gallery's Meyer Auditorium on March 18, 2008. Haydn: String Quartet in D Major (0:00-26:50) Carter: Figment IV (27:14-30:15) Carter: Oboe Quartet (30:33-47:27) Schumann: Piano Quartet (47:55-1:16:42)

 Enjoying the Flowers: Chinese Music & Drama | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:13

Enjoy this rarely heard tradition of Chinese music and drama called nanguan. Dating from the early seventeenth-century Ming dynasty, it has been revived by Chinese musicians and actors in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Southeast Asia. It is performed here by vocalists and instrumentalists on Chinese fiddle, lute, gongs, flute, and percussion. The centerpiece of the performance is an excerpt from Enjoying the Flowers, a famous scene in the nanguan repertoire. In this episode, a lady's maid conjures up imagery of bees, butterflies, birds, and flowers to convince her patron to express her frustrated love through romantic poetry. This performance was presented in cooperation with the Taipei Cultural Center and in conjunction with the Sackler exhibition East of Eden: Gardens in Asian Art. Recorded live in the Haupt Garden at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on April 22, 2007. For program notes, images and links related to this podcast, visit http://www.asia.si.edu/podcasts/ .

 Premiere Works: Music From China Ensemble | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:30

Chinese instruments by award-winning composers Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Wang Guowei, plus a pair of winning compositions from the seventeenth-annual Music From China International Composers Competition. New York's Music From China ensemble performs the classical "Moon Rising High," newly arranged by Zhou Long; Chen Yi's "Chinese Fables," and Shen Yiwen's "Study in Terra Cotta," among other new works. The Kansas City Star called the Music From China ensemble "music from heaven" and "exceptionally rewarding."

 Cappella Romana, part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:17

Part 1: Invitatorium. Cappella Romana, a leading Byzantine music ensemble of virtuoso singers from Greece, England, and the United States, performs "Medieval Byzantine Chant: Advent and Christmas from St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt." The concert features music from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, including works by Manuel Gazes and St. John Koukouzeles. This concert is part of the Meyer Concert Series and was presented in conjunction with the Sackler exhibition In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000, and incooperation with the J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai. Recorded live in the Meyer Auditorium November 30, 2006.

 Cappella Romana, part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:44

Part 2: From the Lamplighting Psalms (14th and 15th century): Kekragarion; 3 Stichera Prosomoia for Saint Catherine; Doxastikon (Sticheron Idiomelon). Cappella Romana, a leading Byzantine music ensemble of virtuoso singers from Greece, England, and the United States, performs "Medieval Byzantine Chant: Advent and Christmas from St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt." The concert features music from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, including works by Manuel Gazes and St. John Koukouzeles. This concert is part of the Meyer Concert Series and was presented in conjunction with the Sackler exhibition In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000, and incooperation with the J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai. Recorded live in the Meyer Auditorium November 30, 2006.

 Cappella Romana, part 3 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:47

Part 3: Advent and Christmas: Service of the Furnace: A liturgical drama of the Three Holy Children; Imperial Acclamations for Christmastide (MS Sinai 1234). Cappella Romana, a leading Byzantine music ensemble of virtuoso singers from Greece, England, and the United States, performs "Medieval Byzantine Chant: Advent and Christmas from St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai, Egypt." The concert features music from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, including works by Manuel Gazes and St. John Koukouzeles. This concert is part of the Meyer Concert Series and was presented in conjunction with the Sackler exhibition In the Beginning: Bibles Before the Year 1000, and incooperation with the J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai. Recorded live in the Meyer Auditorium November 30, 2006.

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