Society for the Arts, Religion and Contemporary Culture

presents

Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics 
in Music, Text, Dance and Film

November 4, 2000    
House of the Redeemer  7 E. 95th St
New York, New York

Mark Harvey, 
coordinator of the Fall Symposium,
 has a website of his own, where further 
information about his music is available.

PRESENTATIONS:

COMPOSITION AND SPIRIT

Janice Hamer will discuss her compositions and the connection between being a Western composer of modern classical music and the influence of spiritual and religious traditions.  Her talk will be illustrated with recorded examples.

KALEIDOSCOPIC MANDALA: RENKU AS A PATH TO SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

Allen LeVines will briefly talk about his music as forged from an array of Eastern and Western artistic and philosophic traditions.  LeVines will then examine renku [Japanese group poetry focusing on the discipline's search for the relations among humanity, the earth, the cosmos and spirituality. Afterward, dancer Arawana Hayashi, vocalist Yumiko Matsuoka and LeVines will present "hawk feather" an interarts performance improvised out of a renku poem which was written by the performers with renku master Shokan Tadashi Kondo.

INDIAN MUSIC, DANCE AND "ST.LUCY"

George Ruckert and Gretchen Hayden will briefly introduce Indian classical music and Kathak dance with reference to their spiritual and cultural dimensions. They will then present two pieces, one of them their own original retelling of the Christian legend of Saint Lucy in the traditional Indian mode of gat bhav [storytelling] style.  Although the theme is "Western" it lends itself naturally to being brought to life in Kathak dance through the use of the nava rasa [nine sentiments] of Indian classical theater.

SUMMONING THE SPIRITS: PREMODERN RELIGIOUS ASPECTS OF POSTMODERN JAZZ

Mark Harvey will discuss aspects of myth, ritual and shamanistic practice as exemplified in the music of John Coltrane, Sun Ra, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He will also talk about his own compositional/performance approach which includes improvising as a conductor--activity which has resonance with Ojibwa shamanistic practice.  Videotaped excerpts of performances will be presented.

MOTION PICTURES/VISUAL MUSIC

Kate Matson will present several of her short animated films which have been called "visual music."  These films range from reconceptualizations of dramatic, operatic, and balletic stories to imaginative, playful and provocative abstract expressions in time and space.  The films will be shown in videotaped format. Some will be accompanied by prerecorded music while others will be spontaneously improvised to by the trio of Harvey, Detlor and Filiano.

Schedule:


  9:30 Coffee and Registration
10:00 MUSICAL MEDITATION
 Mark Harvey, Len Detlor, Ken Filiano
10:05 Introductory remarks 
Mark Harvey
10:20 COMPOSITION AND SPIRIT 
Janice Hamer
11:00 KALEIDOSCOPIC MANDALA:RENKU AS A 
PATH TO SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
Allen LeVines, Yumiko Matsuoka, Arawana Hayashi
11:40 Discussion
12:00 Luncheon
 1:00 INDIAN MUSIC, DANCE AND "ST.LUCY" 
George Ruckert, Gretchen Hayden
 1:40 SUMMONING THE SPIRITS: PREMODERN 
RELIGIOUS ASPECTS OF POSTMODERN JAZZ
Mark Harvey
 2:20 MOTION PICTURES/VISUAL MUSIC 
Kate Matson
 3:00 Response 
Geoffrey Fairweather
 3:15 Discussion among presenters and attendees
 4:00 Wine and cheese reception


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