Miya Masaoka & Michelle Handelman – Triangle of Resistance

Sunday, November 17, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

Music by Miya Masaoka
Video Projections by Michelle Handelman
Direction by Brooke O’Harra

Conducted by Richard Carrick

String Quartet:
Jennifer Choi, Esther Noh, Ljova, Alex Waterman

Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Miya Masaoka, koto
Ben Vida, analog modular synthesizer

A live collaborative music and video performance between composer, musician, and sound artist Miya Masaoka and acclaimed filmmaker Michelle Handelman (2011 Guggenheim Fellow), Triangle of Resistance evokes the desires of resistance in exploring the various histories of social resistance, specifically the Japanese American internment camps, the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Featuring Masaoka’s exceptional music for a stellar ensemble – music for string quartet with additional musicians Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, Ben Vida on analog modular synthesizer, along with the composer herself on koto, and conducted by Richard Carrick (co-founder/co-artistic director, Either/Or ensemble) – the music of Triangle of Resistance combines the sounds of a fragmented modernity with new approaches to the classic ensemble format with experiments in temporality, gestures, and noise, and draws from the composer’s personal connection: the experience of her parents in the Japanese American interment camps during WWII. Working with the iconic images and visual artifacts of resistance, specifically feminism, Russian Constructivism, and abstract Minimalism, Handelman creates a stirring sequence of images, moving from specific and abstract, that gives voice to the evidence of lives lived under duress and under the radar. encompasses the personal, historical, and political-social dimensions of reflection, remembrance, expression, and free experimentation into the new.

A bold new work by two daring artists, Triangle of Resistance explores the personal, historical, and political-social dimensions of resistance to power and oppression through reflection, remembrance, open expression, and free experimentation – emerging from darkness into new light.

Miya Masaoka is a classically trained New York based composer, musician, and sound artist.  She has made works for ensembles, mixed choirs, Either/Or, Bang on a Can, So Percussion, ROVA, Alonzo King, La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, Joan Jeanrenaud (formerly of Kronos), and has also worked with the data from the brain, insect movement and plants. The New York Times calls her “an explorer of the extremes,” and she has created installations at residencies Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle and Headlands Center for the Arts. Masaoka has received the 2013 Doris Duke Artist Award, the Alpert Award, the Map Fund, The Japan Fellowship of the Asian Cultural Council. She has taught music composition at NYU and teaches at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. Masaoka is currently recording a CD with Anthony Braxton.

Michelle Handelman uses video, live performance and photography to make confrontational works that explore the sublime in its various forms of excess and nothingness. In the mid 90s Handelman directed and produced the feature documentary BloodSisters (winner: Bravo Award 1999), an in-depth look at the San Francisco Leatherdyke scene. Her videos have screened internationally including Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris; ICA, London; MIT List Visual Arts Center; Guangzhou 53 Art Museum; American Film Institute and 3LD Art & Technology Center, NYC. Handelman is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and has been awarded grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, New York State Cultural Agency, MAP Fund and the Experimental Television Center Finishing Fund among others. An author and critic, Handelman is an Associate Professor in the Film/Video department at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.