Experience Stillness in Queens on September 15

On Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 8pm, Malaysian-born Chinese musician/composer JunYi Chow (www.junyichow.com), Asian Cultural Council grantee flutist Seungmin Cha (www.seungminchamusic.com), and video artist Karen Y. Chan (www.karenychan.com) will be performing STILLNESS IN QUEENS at the Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY.  The prices are $16 for general public, $10 for FTH members and students, Free for teens (13-19 yr).

STILLNESS IN QUEENS is an experimental video and sound art performance exploring the beauty and quietude of everyday life in Queens. Audience members are invited to experience the borough in a new way, and an evening of stillness, by engaging in a multi-dimensional dialogue between video and sound. The performance provides an accessible space for deep contemplation on the complexities of Queens within the simplicity of stillness. This event is made possible in part by funding from Queens Council on the Arts.

The cultural landscape of Queens is in constant flux and continues to grow. There is a need to invigorate the heart of the diversity by bringing people of different backgrounds closer together through shared experiences. STILLNESS IN QUEENS is a multi-faceted cultural event that not only makes experimental practices accessible to the public, it also invites Queens residents and visitors to come together for an artistic experience that offers, through a lens of stillness, a new perspective of the borough. The project hopes to enrich cultural life in Queens by engaging disparate communities in a shared experience of creative contemplation and awareness.

JunYi Chow

The film projection will be footage from present daily life that will incorporate old heritage footage, both of Queens, to create a conversation between the past and present. JunYi Chow and Seungmin Cha will create music by live improvisation to live-score the film footage shot by Karen Y. Chan. There will be instruments such as Piano, Cello, Chinese Ruan (Moon Lute), Melodion, and the Korean Daegum (Traditional Bamboo Flute), as well as electronics and field recordings from different places around the world. There will also be interactive parts where the audience will be invited to create sounds and be part of the performance.

This performance is the second public performance in a series that follows its June 2nd evening at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning as part of the First Friday Series Program. 

The event starts at 8:00 PM Tickets are $16/$10 for member and students. Visit http://www.flushingtownhall.org and for more information.

Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens.

This season, Flushing Town Hall is opening its doors to teenagers – for FREE. Under the “Teen Access Program”, all 13- to 19-year- old boys and girls (whether a member or not) will be welcomed to attend any performance for free. The program is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s