Atlas by Meredith Monk with LA Phil
Jun
11
8:00 PM20:00

Atlas by Meredith Monk with LA Phil

Inspired by the life of explorer Alexandra David-Néel, Meredith Monk’s three-act “quest opera” uses Monk’s inimitable and hypnotic style to explore the loss and rediscovery of our inherent wonder. More than 20 years since ATLAS first made its impact, Yuval Sharon will conceive and direct this landmark new production.

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Atlas by Meredith Monk with LA Phil
Jun
12
8:00 PM20:00

Atlas by Meredith Monk with LA Phil

Inspired by the life of explorer Alexandra David-Néel, Meredith Monk’s three-act “quest opera” uses Monk’s inimitable and hypnotic style to explore the loss and rediscovery of our inherent wonder. More than 20 years since ATLAS first made its impact, Yuval Sharon will conceive and direct this landmark new production.

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Atlas by Meredith Monk with LA Phil
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Atlas by Meredith Monk with LA Phil

Inspired by the life of explorer Alexandra David-Néel, Meredith Monk’s three-act “quest opera” uses Monk’s inimitable and hypnotic style to explore the loss and rediscovery of our inherent wonder. More than 20 years since ATLAS first made its impact, Yuval Sharon will conceive and direct this landmark new production.

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 The Living Dying Opera - an innovative musical drama
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

The Living Dying Opera - an innovative musical drama

How can the art of opera relate to you? Maybe your experience has been dressing up nicely to attend the Met in New York, or seeing an opera at Milan’s La Scala. Maybe it seems like something foreign and exclusive to the wealthy, or simply old-fashioned and too difficult to understand. Voice artist Ju-eh and composer Hwarg present a brand-new work with powerful singing and delicate electronics that makes the art of opera directly relatable to your emotions and experiences: The Living Dying Opera.


The show will be followed by a Q&A session to allow the audience to further explore and understand the work through conversation with the artists.


Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen) + Hwarg (Howie Kenty)

With François-Thibaut Pencenat, visual artist

Sponsored by The New York Chinese Culture Salon

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The Living Dying Opera - an innovative musical drama
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

The Living Dying Opera - an innovative musical drama

How can the art of opera relate to you? Maybe your experience has been dressing up nicely to attend the Met in New York, or seeing an opera at Milan’s La Scala. Maybe it seems like something foreign and exclusive to the wealthy, or simply old-fashioned and too difficult to understand. Voice artist Ju-eh and composer Hwarg present a brand-new work with powerful singing and delicate electronics that makes the art of opera directly relatable to your emotions and experiences: The Living Dying Opera.


The show will be followed by a Q&A session to allow the audience to further explore and understand the work through conversation with the artists.


Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen) + Hwarg (Howie Kenty)

With François-Thibaut Pencenat, visual artist

Sponsored by The New York Chinese Culture Salon

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Ju-eh+Hwarg at Rockwood
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

Ju-eh+Hwarg at Rockwood

Ju-eh+Hwarg
with additional performances by
- pianist Qingyi Wu with Ju-eh
- vocal performers Imoni Cole-Palmer and Eric Hertenstein with Hwarg

Ju-eh+Hwarg is an experimental operatic duo with a dramatic stage presence. The two musical personalities collaborate and collide, using Ju-eh’s unique countertenor voice and Hwarg’s electronics to create a sound universe all its own. On October 7th, they present an entrancing dreamscape of soaring vocals, electronics, environmental sound, and poetry that investigates space, memory, and personal identity. The effect is abstract but accessible, dangerous and beautiful.

The two artists began collaborating with the shared idea that it is important for people to have alternative ways of relating to sound and to live performances. As historical opera speaks for the people of its time, Ju-eh+Hwarg create operatic works representing their modern thoughts and feelings with the aid of technology. While Hwarg is a knowledgeable electronic composer who wants to create drama, Ju-eh is a traditional opera singer who wants to break the rules.

‘Music can only be alive when it is already there, living with the artist’, says Ju-eh. As an opera singer who has trained for over ten years, Ju-eh sees the need to create musical drama using inspiration from his very own experience, ranging from intense psychological struggles to intimate activities like brushing his teeth every morning.

‘I want to find out what theatrical drama means within experimental music,’ says Hwarg. As a Brooklyn-based composer and performer, Hwarg is active in the electronic music and rock scenes in New York. While he sometimes takes the creative role of crafting an immersive sound world that envelopes its audience, Hwarg is also interested in exploring how theatrical elements can impact not only people’s visual and auditory experiences, but their perceptions and emotions.

Please join Ju-eh+Hwarg for this innovative program mixing voice, electronics, environmental sound, and poetry.

More about the artists:
Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen) is a conceptual virtuosic countertenor from Canton, China. With 10 years of classical singing training in Europe, he specializes in presenting what classical music can be today. Ju-eh is known for his Improvised Opera Salon series in New York and his performance with Sylva Dean and Me at Venice Biennale; his future engagements include Meredith Monk's opera Atlas with LA Phil in 2019 among others.
http://www.juechengchen.com/
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Hwarg (Howie Kenty) is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer. His music, called “remarkable” with “astonishing poetic power” by the International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica, is stylistically diverse, encompassing ideas from contemporary classical, electronic, rock, sound art, theatre and everything in between, occasionally with visual and theatrical elements. Throughout all of his creations runs the idea that the experience of a piece is more than listening to the music; there is a wholeness of vision and an awareness of environment that attempts to fully draw the audience into his works. Besides regularly premiering pieces internationally, Howie plays guitar in the progressive rock band The Benzene Ring.
http://hwarg.com/

About Rockwood Music Hall:
Rockwood Music Hall is a music venue at 196 Allen Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. The venue features three stages and a record label of the same name. Artists who have performed at Rockwood include Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Mumford & Sons, and Billie Joe Armstrong.

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Not Another Opera - Birthday Celebration
Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Not Another Opera - Birthday Celebration

Ju-eh presents:

An intimate world premiere of the Preludes song cycle by South African composer Braam van Eeden (here to perform it himself), inspired by T.S. Eliot's poetry. Dedicated to and performed with Ju-eh (on his birthday).

Also showcasing Howie Kenty (also known as Hwarg). Ju-eh + Hwarg will turn live sound samples into a unique interactive sound world. Live sound samples including sirens from Hamburg, street noise from Williamsburg New York, planet sounds from Nasa, and human sounds from the voice box of Ju-eh.

They will be joined by the Australian vocalist/composer/improviser Nilusha Dassenaike and Colin Snape on piano, loops and electronic atmos. They will present Sri Lankan folk music mixed with contemporary, ethereal jazz.

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"Multilingual Poetry Reading" Chapter I, Love Poems
Jul
7
5:30 AM05:30

"Multilingual Poetry Reading" Chapter I, Love Poems

l’Artiste ordinaire, Sean Ali, Juecheng Chen, dk

WILLIAMSBURG

Fri Jun 29, From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Brooklyn Art Library | 28 Frost St.

Curated by Tansy Xiao

“The language with which I make my poems has nothing to do with one spoken here, or anywhere.” 
-- Paul Celan

Multilingual Poetry Reading is a series of poetry reading and performance events that encourage varying interpretations of the same poems in different languages and disciplines. 

read|perform in your spoken|artistic languages at future events --or if you're a poetry translator
Contact us: raincoatsociety@gmail.com

The event is free and open to the public. 
Special thanks to our host Brooklyn Art Library, a crowd-sourced library that features 40,609 artists' books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. 

Event Organizer: Raincoat Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting artists with fluid identities and multiple cultural backgrounds. 

Poems to be read by Jorge Luis Borges, Marina Tsvetaeva, Paul Celan, Vasko Popa, Charles Pierre Baudelaire. 

Performers: 
l’Artiste ordinaire
A collaborative partnership between Melissa Grey & David Morneau. Specializing in sound-based performances, they create expansive projects that allow them to collaborate and connect with musicians, artists, engineers, scientists, creative technologists, and designers. 

Sean Ali
A double bassist, improviser, and composer working in a variety of projects and contexts. Sean co-founded Prom Night Records and co-curated the monthly concert series Ze Couch. His project in collaboration with visual artist Cheng Ran had been shown at the New Museum. 

Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen) is a conceptual virtuosic countertenor. With 10 years of classical singing training in Europe, he specializes in presenting what classical music can be today. Ju-eh is known for his Improvised Opera Salon series in New York and his performance with Sylva Dean and Me at Venice Biennale; his future engagement includes Meredith Monk's opera Atlas with LA Phil in 2019. 

Lu Wang (dk) is a composer, performer and audio-visual artist, born in Inner Mongolia, China and currently resides in New York. Lu's musical versatility and sensibility are embodied in her work in over 30 film, installation, and live performance projects both locally and across Europe. 

June 29 7 p.m. 
Brooklyn Art Library
28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Curated by Tansy Xiao

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Improvised Opera Salon: Match mismatch
May
22
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Opera Salon: Match mismatch


Improvised Opera Salon: Match mismatch 


Let us welcome this ‘award-winning’ ‘super successful’ ‘famous’ ‘New York Times reviewed’ performance… … 


No!


The above does not guarantee it is an engaging and thoughtful performance, so why don’t I try to match the mismatch and make something meaningful for you? Believing in me, as a human being, is more delicious than believing in random words.    


1. Matching expected: a voice, a cello and a piano


2. Matching no words: an improv by vocal, movements from a singer and a dancer and sounds from guitar


Intermission


3. Matching inside: Improvised Opera - Sudden aggression by a conceptual countertenor and a violin with effects 

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Improvised opera salons - from the foundation
Mar
28
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised opera salons - from the foundation

Improvised Opera Salons
- Chapter 1: From the Foundation

curated and performed by conceptual countertenor Ju-eh (Juecheng Chen)

& Braam van Eeden, composer
Qingyi Wu, piano
Dustin Carlson, guitar (TBA)

Music by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, Henry Purcell, Braam van Eeden and Ju-eh

'If Bach, Handel or other baroque composers were alive today, they may be tempted to compose with electronics.'

'If they were alive, I would like them to hear me.'
- Ju-eh


$10 suggested donation

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Deep fried Cello with steamed Voice - a Multisensory three-course concert in Gowanus, Brooklyn
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Deep fried Cello with steamed Voice - a Multisensory three-course concert in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Deep fried cello with steamed voice is an experimental classical music performance with food created to compliment each set. When classical music is really cooked up, the fire in the music can warm you up deep in your soul. It is kind of like consuming a bowl of warming Ramen on a New York winter's night. Mannes alumni Juecheng Chen and Amy Tcheupdjian got together on such a night wanting to find out how classical music can redefine a New Yorker’s night out. That evening culminated in the making of this concert.

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Dec
9
6:00 PM18:00

Sophie Dunér Meets Mark Kostabi & Gene Pritsker

A Salon concert with vocalist/composer Sophie Dunér, artist/pianist/composer Mark Kostabi & composer/guitarist/Di.J. Gene Pritsker performing music by the three artist. The concert will start with an opening set by special guests; counter tenor Juecheng Chen, guitarist Sean Satin and pianist Braam van Eeden performing music of Eeden, Dowland and Brel.

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Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

Sean Satin and friends

An afternoon concert of chamber music involving guitar- Special guests will include Gene Pritsker (Composer/Guitarist) - Mark Kostabi (Copmoser/Pianist)- Jay Sorce(Guitar)- Jay Kauffman (Guitar) Juecheng Chen (countertenor) and some other suprise guests :) Laurence Goldman (Bass)

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May
26
7:00 PM19:00

The Hollows Performance Studio: Juecheng Chen - Improvising The Sound

Join Juecheng as he sings Caccini, Radiohead and Thom Yorke in and out of The Hollows townhouse, at intersections with various musicians: beatbox in the garden, piano in the performance studio and electronics in the radio station. The sound will go through you, across bricks and windows creating an exclusive sensory experience. Enjoy Juecheng’s voice in ranging proximity and emerging reciprocity Braam van Eeden, Matt Leece, and Gene Shinozaki through his wander in the house.

Schedules:

30mins per session

7:00 - 7:30 pm
7:30 - 8:00 pm
8:00 - 8:30 pm
8:30 - 9:00 pm

Limited capacity, RSVP on here in advance. 

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May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Countertenorism- Early Music, Rearranged - An Artery.is showcase

A countertenor, beatboxer and classical guitarist walk into a room. What happens next?

This showcase includes early music elements and modern elements. Early music (written between 1250 and 1750 embracing Medieval, Renaissance and the Baroque) is often assumed to be stiff and, well, out of date. Beatboxing, on the other hand is perceived as low-key and nonmusical. Having studied early music for a decade I can say that the freedom and delicacy in the music is incredibly moving, when it is done well. I strongly believe the quality of classical singing can be extracted and applied in as many environments as our imagination can reach. Early music + beatboxing is a musical creativity project that I have in my vision. I deeply believe this program has potential to create magical moments with its audience.

Juecheng Chen - Voice

Gene Shinozaki - Beatboxer

Matt Leece- Guitarist

 

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