Thursday, June 23, 2022 @ 7:30pm – 8:30pm (EDT)
Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY, United States
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Charmaine Lee — Selected works (new work / world premiere)
Jen Shyu — Selected works (solo performance)
Eddy Kwon — Selected works (solo performance)

SOUND IS AN OPENING gathers artists of the International Contemporary Ensemble community with dynamic and varied connections to diaspora, and whose work creates, expands, and reframes spaces of home, transformation, and transgression. This first installment – subtitled exhalation – features three unique composer-performers in an exploration of voice, presence, and ritual.

The show will feature a world premiere by Charmaine Lee commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble, featuring Rebekah Heller (bassoon), Weston Olencki (trombone), and Josh Modney (violin), as well as solo performances by Jen Shyu and eddy kwon.

Please note: RSVPs will be honored on a first come, first served, basis. A reservation does not guarantee entry.

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- Visitors age 12 or older must present proof of having completed the COVID-19 vaccination series at least 14 days prior to the event, to gain admittance. 
- Please wear a mask over your nose AND mouth at all times.
- Maintain 6 feet of distance from others whenever possible.

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One (1) ADA Seating Ticket also includes one (1) seat for a companion, if needed.

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About International Contemporary Ensemble

With a commitment to cultivating a more curious and engaged society through music, the International Contemporary Ensemble – as a commissioner and performer at the highest level – amplifies creators whose work propels and challenges how music is made and experienced.

About Rebekah Heller, bassoon

Rebekah Heller is an artist whose work aims to expand the sonic possibilities of her instrument and the field at large. Called "an impressive solo bassoonist" by The New Yorker, she is dedicated to exploration, experimentation, and a robust collaborative practice.

About Weston Olencki, trombone

Weston Olencki is a musician, composer, and sound artist currently making work centered around questions of instrumental music and its contexts/constructs, various mediated practices of listening and improvisation, and the technological, material, and cultural histories of rural space/time.

About Josh Modney, violin

Josh Modney is a violinist and creative musician working at the nexus of composition, improvisation, and interpretation. A “new-music luminary” (The New York Times) hailed for “jaw-dropping technical skill…” and as “one of today’s most intrepid experimentalists” (Bandcamp Daily), Modney is a foremost interpreter of adventurous contemporary music, and has cultivated a holistic artistic practice as a composer, solo improviser, bandleader, music director, writer, arts administrator, and collaborator.

About Jen Shyu

Jen Shyu is a Timorese-Taiwanese-American multilingual vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, dancer, and producer. As a ritualist, improviser, actress, researcher, educator, and advocate for music traditions worldwide, she plays Taiwanese moon lute, Korean gayageum, er hu, Japanese biwa, Timorese lakadou, violin, piano, and percussion, and sings in improvised languages and existing ones (Indonesian, Malaysian, Javanese, Taiwanese, indigenous Taiwanese languages, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, Japanese, etc).

About eddy kwon

eddy kwon (b. 1989 – aka edi kwon) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn, New York). Her practice connects composition, performance, improvisation, dance, and ceremony to explore transformation & transgression, ritual practice as a tool to queer ancestral lineage, and the use of mythology to connect, obscure, and reveal.

Abrons Arts Center

466 Grand St
New York, NY 10002
United States