Climate change, environmental justice, sustainability—these terms have become increasingly crucial to our current social and political discourse. How do artists respond to these issues in their creative work? How does their artistic practice advance their beliefs in environmental justice? How can the work itself gain wider traction and raise awareness in our culture and society?
Join the Asian American Arts Alliance for a closer look at how creative practice intersects with environmental justice and activism. Four artists working in multiple disciplines will present recent projects and walk us through their origin stories and underlying rationales, approaches to artmaking and activism, and desired impact. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion with the artists and Q&A with the audience.
Panelists include Lanxing Fu (Superhero Clubhouse), Juliann Ma (SEAS), Tattfoo Tan (Heal the Man in order to Heal the Land), and Yasuyo Tanaka (Under This Sky), moderated by Seema Lisa Pandya (sustainability consultant and multidisciplinary artist).
This program is free and open to the public.
Lanxing Fu is a Chinese-American theater artist and co-director of Superhero Clubhouse, a community of artists and scientists engaged in a long term experiment to understand how theater can help shift consciousness in the face of climate change and environmental injustice. With SHC, Fu is the playwright and co-creator of Mammelephant (The New Ohio / HERE Arts Center) the program director of The Living Stage NYC (University Settlement), and a co-creator of PLUTO (no longer a play), (The Brick) and JUPITER (a play about power), (La MaMa). She previously worked with theater and civic engagement ensemble, Building Home, in Virginia’s New River Valley. Recent performances: The Space Between the Letters (dir: Eva von Schweinitz, UTR at The Public), A Climate Clown Opera? (dir: Sarah Hughes, LPAC), 36 Peaks (dir: Sarah Cameron Sunde, Baryshnikov Arts Center), and Holidays In/Coyote (dir: Jess Chayes, The Tank). Her essays “Building Possibility in the Age of Climate Change” and “The Birth of a Climate Commons” are published on HowlRound.
Juliann Ma pursues a passion for revolutionizing world education and lifestyle practices through the arts. Her constant search for new, meaningful ways to communicate with audiences has led her to address global concerns by extending her native language of piano performance through collaborative, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary projects that she writes, directs, and produces. Her three-year-old initiative, S E A S (Sustainable Environment through the Arts & Sciences), features an expanding team of artists and scientists who bring her research-drawn stories to screen and stage and has earned the Father Merlet and Marin Alsop Entrepreneurship Awards. Under her direction, they have performed at Carnegie Hall, the Consulate General of France in New York, and Yamaha Artist Services New York and have released their debut works “Rise, Awaken” & “Isostasy” to the greater public via YouTube. Most recently, S E A S was celebrated in Heritage Space, Hanoi, Vietnam, as a major feature in collaborator Katherina Nguyen’s Art and Technology : Art as Insight exhibition. Ma completed her studies at Stanford University (B.A. Music, Honors and Distinction, minor in Creative Writing), École normale Supérieure de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot (Diplôme d’Exécution de Piano, Fulbright grant), The Juilliard School (Master of Music), and Mannes, The New School for Music (Professional Studies).
Seema Lisa Pandya (moderator) is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist, accomplished sustainability green building consultant, adjunct professor of sustainable design, and community builder. As an artist, she explores the intersections of sustainability, art, cultural, and the built-environment. Her work focuses on two predominant themes, universal principals of physics and environmental sustainability. Emulating from a deep interest in basic universal forms, her art explores principals in nature such as gravity, the push-pull balance of things in relation to one another, and the fractal boundaries between negative and positive space. This has inspired the creation of a variety of work over the years ranging from public art sculptures, interactive kinetic sculptures, slatted light sculptures, site-specific installations, public guerilla street art (including the Christmas Tree Massacre), amoeba shaped fractal paintings, and her current series of large sculptures made from discarded played tabla drum heads. Her world view stems from the intersection of a sustainability oriented lens, the creative art making process, and decades of leadership work forming community and cultural organizations. Seema was also the co-owner of Denver’s Revoluciones Collective Art Space, and the Executive Director for the Brooklyn Raga Massive. She is a graduate and undergraduate professor of sustainable design at both FIT SUNY and New York School of Interior Design and works from her studio in Brooklyn.
Tattfoo Tan’s practice focuses on issues relating to ecology, sustainability, and healthy living. His work is project-based, ephemeral, and educational in nature. Tan has exhibited at venues including the Queens Museum of Art, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts, Parsons the New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, 601 Tully: Center for Engaged Art and Research at Syracuse University, Macalester College, Ballroom Marfa, Creative Time, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. Tan’s projects have been presented by the Laundromat Project, the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for the Arts program, and the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program. His work has been published by Gestalten and Thames and Hudson. He is the recipient of grants from Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, and Staten Island Arts. In 2010, Tan received the annual Award for Excellence in Design by the Public Design Commission of the City of New York for his design and branding of the Super-Graphic on Bronx River Art Center.
Yasuyo Tanaka is a social practice artist and educator. She’s a first-generation Japanese immigrant living in New York City. Her perspective changed when she got involved in the life of two countries. The historical background of the United States and Japan has influenced her work. International disputes, environmental issues, borders, discrimination, identity, media literacy, and self-transformation are motivations for her work. She’s been creating her artwork through researching environmental issues and creating places to convey information and interact with others through exhibitions and events. Her works consist of different techniques, media, and disciplines in order to broaden her range of expression and to raise her own and other’s social consciousness and heighten independent thinking. As collaborative teaching projects “To be teach is to be taught,” she creates plans for classes that are themed on social and environmental issues by using art techniques. She has been practicing education that incorporates art with teachers who became partners. Her exhibitions, workshops, artist talks, and projects are held nationally and internationally.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and Con Edison.
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Exhibition curated by Katherina Nguyen
HO CHI MINH CITY : 14 August - 19 August
HANOI : 24 August - 7 September
SEAS Productions performances and film screenings will be exclusively hosted at HANOI Exhibition.
Romantic composers Schumann and Rachmaninoff are displayed in a delightful morning concert of two pianos, two pianists, four hands. Opening with Robert Schumann’s Carnaval Op. 9, twenty-one short pieces comprise this intriguing exploration of pre-Lenten festival celebrations. The music is daring and delightful, a bright example of his musical gifts. The glory of Rachmaninoff is displayed in the second half of the morning’s concert, beginning with Nine Études-Tableaux Op. 39. They are glorious and rousing, exploding in complex sound that inspires and invigorates, then settling into contemplative exploration that is soothing, yet inspiring. The morning concert closes with Rachmaninoff’s Suite Op. 17 No. 2, a set of pieces composed for two pianos. In each movement, the parts are intricately connected, demanding virtuosity from each pianist. This concert is an exciting adventure into the heart of exquisite Romanticism.
Each summer in Caroga Lake, InterArts Symposium seeks to bring together an intimate group of resident artists from various creative backgrounds to explore interdisciplinary connections and collaborations.
Resident artists spend a week together in Caroga Lake practicing, performing, experimenting and collaborating on creative projects. During the week, participants have the opportunity to immerse in spirited table discussions, lead a 45 minute presentation of a topic of their choice, take part in special talks with guest speakers, perform educational outreach events and experiment with interdisciplinary art with fellow resident artists and guests.
Juliann Ma, Director of SEAS, introduces the first film of the MyHil Film Screenings hosted by Caroga Lake Inter-Arts Symposium: Chasing Coral, directed by Jeff Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes. Strongly inspired by the work of Chasing Coral research and filmmaking team, Juliann’s and SEAS’s mission is to further the reach of these tireless environmentalists through the performing arts, drawing awareness, empathy, and environmental proactivity. With Caroga Lake Inter-Arts Symposium Artistic Director, Kyle Price, Juliann discusses our ethical responsibilities to and the possibilities of encouraging pro-environmental change through the arts. Together with Chasing Coral cast and representative Zackery Rago, Kyle and Juliann will lead an open Q & A with the audience, post-screening.
Performance, Talk and Film Screening: Chasing Coral
July 10 @ 7:00 pm
Boathouse of Caroga Lake, 2090 NY-10
Caroga Lake, NY
Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. Featuring a recorded discussion with CLIAS Artistic Director Kyle Price, SEAS Director Juliann Ma, and Chasing Coral representative Zackery Rago, followed by showing of the film.
A MyHil Film Series Screening.
The Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is Silkroad’s flagship musician training program. Created by Silkroad Ensemble cellist Mike Block, it is designed to foster a community of globally minded musicians, helping artists to learn from one another’s traditions and incorporate them into their own voices. An all-star artist-faculty, including members of the Silkroad Ensemble and their colleagues, teaches styles of music from across the world, representing a wide range of backgrounds and musical traditions from Afro-Latin to Arabic, Celtic, Malian, and more. GMW is held at DePauw University’s Music School, home of the 21st-Century Musician Initiative.
The week-long session includes workshops, community building exercises, band rehearsals, faculty and participant concerts for the local community, and evening conversations about what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. Participants can also apply for an intensive performance experience, which offers deep-dives into select musical cultures and styles. GMW is open to participants over 18 years of age, from any musical background. University and conservatory students, as well as professional performers and teachers with backgrounds in Western classical, jazz, world, or folk styles are encouraged to apply, and we welcome applications in all languages.
Concerts by Silkroad GMW faculty and students will be held every night from 7-9 PM at the Gobin Methodist Church from Wednesday through Sunday. Keep your eyes peeled for information about special community engagement lunch-time concerts and evening open mikes hosted by Colleen Bernstein around the neighborhood, as well as the Farmer’s Market Jam that will take place Saturday morning!
We at the SEAS project invite you to join us at New York’s Yamaha Artist Services for an interactive concert and open discussion of our responsibilities in the face of a changing climate, and our common aspiration to manage human impact on our environment, and to achieve sustainability.
Plastics, Coral, Ice, and Earth bring together leaders from diverse fields including music, dance, film, science, and education to join the audience in an open discussion of of our shared responsibility to better our environment.
Given the limited reach of scientific publication, and the polarizing nature of the topic, communicating the subtle gravitas of climate change is notoriously challenging. SEAS attempts instead to communicate this global issue as a visceral, emotional message via its unique collaboration. We distill the scientific argument into an accessible message expressed as a performance, tangibly felt and easily shared.
The event will feature live performances of music and choreography inspired by recent environmental observations, including two world premieres: a story of plastics in the ocean, and of disappearing ice. Also featured are musical classics reinterpreted as calls to save coral reefs, seabirds, and address other stresses on our planet.
Each performance will be introduced by Jared Brewer (PhD candidate in Atmospheric Science, CSU; NOAA), who will also lead a Q&A session to reinforce, and discuss the goals and messaging of SEAS.
SEAS will also present our debut music video, and discuss the storied history of the formation of our artistic collective. The event will be filmed and edited into a mini-documentary, in the hopes that it may inspire action beyond the guests of the the event.
Please join us on April 11, at 7pm, and bring an open mind and a desire to do good. Entry is free and open to all, but you are encouraged to support our work via a donation. RSVP asap for guaranteed seats. Donations at various levels enable you to join raffles for coveted prizes - including environmental jewelry, apparel, guaranteed seats for future performances, and more! This event, and our continued collaboration is made possible by generous support from our sponsors.
‘Rise, Awaken’, choreography by SEAS, music by Maurice RAVEL (‘Sad Birds’ 1905) - Deforestation.
World Premiere: ‘Plastisphere’ choreography by Angela FALK & Jesse OBREMSKI, music by Hannah SUN (‘The Whales’ 2018) - Plastics in the ocean.
World Premiere: ‘Isostasy’ choreographed by Peter FARROW & Thomas WOODMAN, music by Marc EVANS (‘Formations’ 2014) - Calving and melting of ice mass wordwide, rising sea levels.
‘Greef’, choreography by Juliann MA & Amanda KRISCHE, music by Maurice RAVEL (‘A boat on the ocean’ 1905) - Vanishing coral reefs.
‘Hope Reborn’, Igor STRAVINSKY (‘The Firebird Suite’ 1910 arr. Guido AGOSTI) - Environmental stresses on the Earth, devastation, healing, and rebirth.
Pro Musicis artist Juliann Ma performs her Carnegie Hall debut recital, attempting to tell the story of humanity’s relationship with nature: the primal joys of discovery by a Faun, destruction of the environment mourned by Sad Birds, rebirth in The Firebird, and transformations in the human psyche as portrayed by Scriabin, Bach, and Thomas Adès. Ms. Ma’s arts collective, SEAS, dances nature’s reaction to climate change in Ravel’s Sad Birds.
DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (arr. Gryaznov)
SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
RAVEL Oiseaux tristes for Piano
BACH Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
Sep 15, 2017:1920s Paris, Lighthouse Guild for the Blind, NYC
In the first three decades of the 20th Century, Paris was home to numerous breakthrough artists. I will be performing a collection of ballets and ballads from this time, spanning Ravel, Debussy, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Gershwin, and one of my favorites… Édith Piaf.
The Caroga Arts Collective (Caroga Arts) is the newly established not-for-profit organization which acts as an umbrella for the Caroga Lake Music Festival, and other projects (Sherman’s Center for Collaborative Arts and Education).
We seek to bring together a community of artists to collaborate across fields and genres on interdisciplinary projects. Caroga Arts focuses on revitalizing local culture, business, and life through providing unique experiences via collaborative performances, exhibits, community outreach events and adult/ youth education.
As an extension of the individuals who participate and support the Caroga Lake Music Festival, Caroga Arts strives to bring diverse art, education, adn experiences to Caroga year-round with a focus on community growth and international impact.
To learn more and find our upcoming concerts and projects, visit CLMF,CAC, or find us on Facebook!
RILEY In C
ROSSINI Duet for Cello and Bass I. Allegro
BRAHMS Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1 II. Andante un poco adagio
KUMMER Three Duets for Two Cellos Op. 22
BEETHOVEN Duet mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern II. Minuetto
VERDI Prelude to Act 3 of La Forza del Destino
MESSIAEN Quatuor pour la fin du temps V. Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus (arr. Julian Müller)
Sustainable Environment through the Arts and Sciences (SEAS) will be working on their music video of Ravel’s “Oiseaux Tristes,” featuring narratives and choreography drawn from current research on birds’ dealings with climate change, pollution, increasing metropolitan glass architecture, and deforestation. I will be directing, with Juilliard dancers working out choreography and a Parsons videographer working out production details and filming. You are all invited to observe this exciting collaborative phenomenon, and welcome!
On Welcome Day, my fellow Alsop award winners and I will present each of our entrepreneurial projects as part of a public launch for our work. Features a roundtable discussion with Marin Alsop and the award winners, and a panel discussion with Marin Alsop, Nick Firth, Margaret Lioi, Leslie Stifelman, and Richard Kessler on innovation in the performing arts.
“Music students today must learn to navigate within an increasingly fractured and complex professional landscape in order to be successful in their careers”, says Richard Kessler, Dean of Mannes School of Music and Executive Dean for The College of Performing Arts. “The Alsop Entrepreneurship Award is one way that we prepare students for this new and still shifting paradigm. Conceiving of, pitching, and executing innovative projects in music entrepreneurship helps our students to develop greater agency and encourages them to engage with the larger social, cultural, and artistic questions of our time.”
This year, three winning projects were selected by committee members Margaret Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America; Leslie Stifelman, Peabody Award Winning conductor, pianist, producer and consultant; and Nicholas Firth, businessman and former Chairman and CEO of BMG Music Publishing. Award winners are using their funding to envision new musical solutions to big human problems – changing how audiences hear the science of climate change, making classical music accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing, and shining a light on the essential and invisible features of musicianship in the symphony orchestra.
My project is described below as excerpted/ edited from the **press release:
Sustainable Environment through the Arts and Sciences (SEAS):** A performance project combining performing artists and environmental researchers.
SEAS is a new interdisciplinary performance project that combines music, dance and science to tell the story of climate change. Juliann Ma, a candidate for the Professional Studies Diploma at Mannes, envisions this project a means of changing how audiences think about the ways we interact with our environment by making the science of climate change come alive to our senses.
Ma’s SEAS Workshop of the live theatrical performance (anticipated for Fall 2016) will be open to the public and take place at 8 PM on Monday, May 2nd, in the Mannes College’s Stiefel Concert Hall at 55 West 13 Street, New York, NY 10011. Ma’s piano performance will be joined with original choreography created with and portrayed by Juilliard dancers to illustrate a set of data-driven narratives written by Ma based on environmental research conveyed by Stanford University alumnus Jared Brewer.
As part of her Alsop Entrepreneurship Award, Ma will produce a music video of Maurice Ravel’s Oiseaux Tristes (Sad Birds) to engage and attract future partnerships with environmental organizations and sustainable performance venues.
A champagne evening in the beautiful interior of New York City’s oldest private social club designed by Delano & Aldrich, featuring music by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, and Strauss. I will be improvising on Haydn’s Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:37.
Max Reger: the man and his music” will feature an entire evening of Max Reger’s music, honoring the 100th year since his death. I will be performing selections of his beautiful Silhouetten for the piano, and a selection from his violin sonata in C with violinist Mengyi Cao. With contributions from our Mannes musicians.
At the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin described his new piano concerto as “an experiment in modern music” – suffusing a classical form with jazz sensibility. It was a huge success, and classical composers quickly followed suit, most notably Ravel in the two concertos he composed at the end of the 1920’s. A more recent take is Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Peanuts Gallery (1996), a delightful set of musical portraits of Snoopy, Lucy, and other characters in the Peanuts comic strip. –J.Y. Song, curator
Blue note: Peanuts Gallery will feature some fun interdisciplinary surprises, featuring Stanford University alumni and Viennese Ball Committee members Peter Bullen & M.J. Ma, as well as actors Calvin Rezen and Michelle Cage from The New School for Drama. Pianist and improviser Chi-Wei Lo (Juilliard) will be joining me in cooking our own special version of the Zwilich’s concerto. Enjoy!
THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED. The success of our concert on April 8th has sparked an encore performance in New York! Featuring the entirety of Jerome Lowenthal’s current piano studio and recent alumni performing variations of Frederic Rzewski, 4-hands, and modern dance.
Join Café Boulud and Steinway & Sons for a very special dinner event, joining excellent food, drink, and music. Featuring creative canapés by Chef Aaron Bludorn, classic dishes by Chef Daniel Boulud, champagne Pierre Paillard, “Cuvée Daniel”, Bouzy Grand Cru, Brut, performances by jazz pianist David Linard on Steinway & Sons White Pops Piano and yours truly on Steinway Hall Limited Edition Piano. Will feature duets, jazz numbers, classical masterpieces, and live improvisations. $420 per person. To reserve, contact Kelly Armstrong at email@example.com or +1 212-981-8540.
An encore of Alexander Liebermann’s Carnegie Hall premieres and other works. I will be performing his Piano Trio Op. 4 as well as his Rondeaux for soprano and piano. If you missed our Carnegie debut, this is the concert to attend! Free.
Savor premieres of new works by Juilliard composer and award winner, Alexander Liebermann. Sponsored by the DAAD. Sold out – however, please call CarnegieCharge at +1 212-247-7800 to reserve a spot on the waiting list for a likely seat assignment.
Featuring the entirety of Jerome Lowenthal’s current piano studio, recent alumni, & friends performing variations of Frederic Rzewski, 4-hands, recitations, and comedic dance.
This event is free and open to the public.