“Testimonial Gateway”. Can you guess where it is?
I hope this holiday season finds you well. There are a number of special upcoming performances I’m involved in that you’ll want to know about, detailed below. Oddly enough, I’ll be performing on these much more with the piri than the trombone. Also for those who missed it, I’ve linked below the just-released short film Temple of Memories which documents our exhilarating Jazz-Taiko collaboration at last year’s Locating the Sacred Festival. Finally, see what in the world the image on the right is, at the end of this newsletter.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
at 12pm Rami Seo’s World Music Ensemble Public School 3: 490 Hudson St Manhattan Admission TBA The core of the World Music Ensemble is leader Rami on kayageum (zither) backed up by bass, piano, and percussion. I’ll join as a guest on piri (Korean oboe), as will a guest on haegeum (2-string fiddle), and Rami’s Korean percussion ensemble, Seven Heaven. With a mix of Eastern and Western instruments, the group plays a mostly contemporary international pop-ish repertoire.
Thursday December 19, 2013 at 7pm
“New Sounds of East and West”: Project Hansori with guest Satoshi Takeishi All Saints Church 43-12 46th St Queens, NY. FREE admission; donation suggested Project Hansori will perform a grant-funded program of new original music, “New Sounds of East and West”. Centered on East Asian-infused Jazz, including a mind-warping take on an ancient royal ancestral shrine ritual piece. Beautifully set in a quaint, Gothic style church. Also featuring the in-demand Satoshi Takeishi on his unique array and style of Eastern percussion. Link: www.facebook.com/events/277163692408571/
Funded in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund, administered by Queens Council on the Arts.
Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 12-2:15pm
Project Hansori at the Asian American Arts Festival Children’s Museum of the Arts: 103 Charlton St Manhattan Admission TBA I’m thrilled to be invited to this festival aimed at sharing both traditional and especially contemporary manifestations of various Asian arts to new audiences, both children and adults. Project Hansori’s mission and repertoire make it a perfect vehicle for this. We’ll perform two sets, split by a workshop I’ll give about how I approach East Asian traditions from a Western Jazz context. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/222776964559853/
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6-8pm
Asian American Arts Alliance Town Hall meeting Alwan for the Arts: 16 Beaver St 4FL Manhattan Admission free (potluck food offering suggested) I’ll make a brief appearance as a duo with myself on piri and Karen Kriegel on dance. Town Hall meetings are monthly gatherings of members of “A4″, and are also open to the public. They include short performances, discussions of member artists’ current projects, and an informal potluck. Link: http://www.reverbnation.com/show/12085376
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 12-2:15pm
East Wind at the Asian American Arts Festival Asian American Arts Festival at Children’s Museum of the Arts: 103 Charlton St Manhattan Admission TBA I’m putting together a small group of Eastern instruments for my second-week appearance at the Asian American Arts Festival. The program “East Wind” aims to demystify Korean and various Eastern music and arts, and disseminate them to the audience. I will play piri and trombone, in a mix of traditional and my original songs. Also features Rami Seo on kayageum, Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, and Karen Kriegel on dance/choreography. Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1403774713193969/
New Documentary Film Released about Fairbanks, Project Hansori:
The Temple of Memories In case you haven’t seen it yet, please check out The Temple of Memories, the new documentary short film by Rene Sing and OwlSpring Media, about my experiences performing at the Asian American Arts Alliance’s 2012 Locating the Sacred Festival. Entertaining and informative, it takes viewers behind the scenes of an epic and unlikely musical collaboration between Japanese Taiko and Big Band Jazz, set in NYC’s oldest Buddhist temple. We get up close to the Taiko group Soh Daiko and my Jazz band, Project Hansori, interwoven with my close, candid interviews. Watch: https://vimeo.com/67056594.
…Jin Yunkyong, of the National Gugak Center’s Traditional Orchestra, gave a performance of my composition Duduk for solo piri during her November 24 recital at Seoul Culture Station 284. …I can’t share it with you, but I did get to review the rough mix of the Band of Bones recording of my arrangement of Manteca. It’s infectiously funky, and the congas and flute really compliment the rhythm and eight screaming trombones. Looking forward very much to its eventual release on what will be the band’s second album. …Frequent ‘Hansorian’ Paul Nedzela embarks on an extensive US tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra… …And Linda Oh releases new album on Dave Douglas’ label Greenleaf…
Enough already— the image…? I’m running a little contest. The arch pictured is part of what is called the Testimonial Gateway, which my family recently visited. It was built for a specific meaning, but its striking symbolism can evoke a different doorway imagery for any individual gazing through it. I’d love to hear what path it makes you think of taking. –Ah yes, the contest… If you can name the town it’s in, there’s a free download card of my music, courtesy of the IMA Awards, waiting for you at any of the above performances. (Limited to first four winners, so email me here first). Hint: the town rhymes with Blue Waltz.
Feel free to reply here on comment on Vimeo with any feedback you have about the film — I’m curious to hear it. Also I hope to see many of you and say Hi at one or more of my upcoming shows. They’re all very different! Have a happy, safe Christmas or Holidays, hopefully surrounded by friends and family. Or… Hopefully have happy, healthy, hilarious, high-quality, whole-hearted, home-cooked, hunger-hindering holidays (harmonious households, holding hands, hobbies held high wholly heighten history’s hallowed hiatus).
Jeff Fairbanks Composer, Performer, Bandleader