Jazz saxophonist Andrew Lamb leads a unique evening of seamless performance interweaving the art of improvisation with boundless imagination. The performance is intended to create brain stimulation for those with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and post traumatic stress disorder and aims to integrate people from all walks of life into a safe, warm, and highly creative atmosphere.
Andrew Lamb’s Circadian Spheres of Light Project consists of nine professional artists who have who have studied, collaborated, and performed within all genres of music, theater, and performance art while embracing a myriad of cultures throughout the world. Having performed together in various combinations over the years, the ensemble shares the philosophy that music, art, and dance are the healing vibrations of the universe.
An accomplished jazz saxophonist and flautist in the tradition of John Coltrane, Lamb rose to prominence in the 1970s avant garde scene and has remained an active presence in Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. A frequent performer at Vision Festival, New York’s premier avant garde jazz celebration, Lamb has also performed with Cecil Taylor and Alan Silva among others.
The first public performance of the project which was originally made possible by the generous contribution of the LLL Foundation resulting in a special performance at The Institute For Music & Neurological Function on Monday, December 21, 2015.
Andrew Lamb a.k.a.The Black Lamb – Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Composer
Larry Roland – Bass
Warren Smith – Vibraphone,Drums & Percussion
Lloyd Haber – Drums & Percussion,
Newman Baker – Washboard
Ngoma Hill, Poetry, Didjeridoo
Vincent Chancey – French Horn
Jimmy James Greene – Spontaneous Visual Art
Robert Cartagena- Magic
Trashina Conner – Dance
Hollis King – Video & Photography
Jen Shyu – composition, vocals, gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, piano Satoshi Haga – choreography, dance Mivos Quartet: Olivia De Prato – 1st violin, Leah Asher – 2nd violin, Victor Lowrie – viola, Mariel Roberts – cello
Jade Tongue: Chris Dingman – vibraphone, Mat Maneri – viola, Thomas Morgan – bass, Dan Weiss – drums
Join this special performance on the night of Jen Shyu’s birthday as she premieres a new full-length composition, Song of Silver Geese, a multilingual, ritual music drama, composed for dancer-improviser Satoshi Haga, Jen Shyu’s core ensemble Jade Tongue, and the Mivos Quartet, and Shyu on vocals, dance, gayageum, Taiwanese (Shyu’s father’s birthplace) moon lute, and East Timorese (mother’s birthplace) lakadou. The work is inspired by Shyu’s 12-plus years of study of traditional music from four specific countries: epic storytelling (Pansori) and East Coast shaman music (DongHaeAhnByeolShinGut), both from Korea; music from subdistricts Aileu and Ataúro from East Timor; Hengchun Folk Song with moon lute from Taiwan; Ledhekan, which combines Javanese dance with improvisational singing (Sindhenan) from Indonesia.
Dancer Satoshi Haga is Shyu’s foil, as they switch and blur the roles of male and female in their portrayal of four main characters: the Timorese female warrior Ho’a Nahak Samane Oan, who disguises herself as a man to defeat a rival king; “Baridegi” from Korean folklore, known as the first shaman, whose journey story is strikingly similar to that of of Ho’a Nahak Samane Oan; the half-blind, nomadic Taiwanese moon lute virtuoso Chen Da, who defined Hengchun Folk Song, becoming a national icon for Taiwanese independence from China; a universal character, who cannot accept death and begs for rebirth, based on Javanese shadow puppeteer master and friend who, at the age of 30 in 2014, died in a car crash with his wife and 11-month old baby. Through both narrative and abstract, integrative music-movement methodologies, these four characters will interact as a microcosm of the parallels that exist in the universe and the great necessity for empathy among cultures, thereby defying assumptions that currently divide humanity.