Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Highlights from recent Oasis cafe performances

Cerebral, cool jazz-funk of Racha Fora, led by the Berklee-NEC trained veteran Hiro Honshuku.

Firery, passionate jazz-tango music from Aires de Argentina, an up-and-coming group of five young Berklee musicians.

Their full performance is available here.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oasis Cafe presents "Racha Fora" as part of Brookline 1st Light Festival [November 17, 7 pm]


As part of the annual 1st Light Festival, ECC presents the group "Racha Fora" (pronounced Hasha Fora) on November 17, from 7 PM to 8 PM in the community hall. The group consists of Hiroaki Honshuku on flute, Rika Ikeda on violin, Mauricio Andrade on guitar, Rafael Russi on bass, and Fernando Saci on percussion. Hiro, the leader of the group, is a veteran Berklee/NEC musician and is a faculty member at the Longy school of music. His mentors include Dave Holland as well as the jazz pianist/composer George Russell, a leader of the influential "third stream" movement in modern jazz and an influence on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue album.

According to a critic, Rach Fora's music is "at once delicate and propulsive, acoustic and electronic, and fleet of finger and mind". Come and enjoy the exciting music while enriching your mind at the same time. By shaking hands with Hiro, you will also substantially reduce your degree of separation from jazz legends such as Russell, Mingus, Bill Evans, and Eric Dolphy!

For more information about the group, look into their interesting Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I-Yun Chung, the leader of Aires de Argentina to be part of the benefit concert held at ECC Chapel


I-Yun Chung, the leader of the group Aires de Argentina, is back from her travel and gigs in Switzerland and is to perform in a benefit concert to be held in ECC main chapel this Thursday at 7 pm. This time, she is part of the classical ensemble which includes Rosie Samter (viola) and the Beacon String trio, playing music by Bach and Schumann.

The event, organized by Rose and her colleagues, is not affiliated with ECC programs, but since a friend is participating for a good cause (to sponsor an orphanage in Tanzania), we would like many of ECC friends to come and be part of it!

The details can be found at their Facebook invite page.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Music and Scenes from Ruth : the Musical

[The highlights from the evening, 14 minutes; beginning with the scenes from the last rehearsal to the after-the-performance gaiety.]

[The actual performance. Running time: 1 hr 6 minutes.] If you find that your network connection doesn't allow a smooth playing, you may consider downloading it and play it from your machine. See below* for further instructions.

Hope you re-experience the fun and music and share it with your friends who couldn't come!

*The video for the whole performance is pretty large. If you would like to download it or its higher resolution version, you may do so at our vimeo page. There, go to one of the video pages, and on the right-bottom of the page, you will find a box with a name "About this video". In it, there is a link named "download this video". Depending on the browser, clicking on the link will just open a new window and start showing the video. In that case, you may need to right-click on that "download this video" link (on windows), or cntrl-click (on Macs) to bring up further options. There, select "Download linked file as" or its equivalent to save the file where you want. To play, you may need to have installed Quicktime on the machine, which will most likely have been installed already.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Scenes from "Ruth: the Musical"

The audience filled the ECC chapel beyond its capacity and enjoyed every minute of the evening. As I was focusing on the video shoot, still photos were taken only at odd intervals and after the show. Therefore they capture only part of the exciting and moving experience that the audience felt. The high resolution original set is available for download at our zenfolio pages. Many more photos taken by Elder Hahn and others during the performance are also available here. The videos from the evening will come soon. Stay tuned.






















Saturday, November 5, 2011

Heejung Kim @ Newton Open Studios


Our friend Heejung Kim, who participated in the Pop Art Gallery @ ECC a few months ago, is showing her recent work at Newton Open Studio this Saturday and Sunday [Nov 5-6]. She is among the artists whose work were juried and selected as the creme de la creme for the annual event. For more information, you may check out the official site.

The work shown below was also the first artwork at the event that was sold already even before the curtain was raised. So, you have only two afternoons(!) to see it before it is off to a private collection.

Her art, occasionally presented at ECC and around town, had been more focused on the conceptual/video performance art, but more recently, she is revisiting her origin as the painter with more traditional medium.



Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Announcing ECC Presents: Ruth the Musical [Nov-5, Saturday, 7:30 PM]

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The musical will feature all original music by Robin Cho and lyrics and direction by Woong S. Lee and is based on the Biblical story of Ruth. Ruth (played by Mi Hye Lee) is a Moabite widow who chooses to stay with Naomi, her mother-in-law, and follow her back to her ancestral home of Bethlehem. Through her sacrifice, Ruth finds God's protection, a new family, and love.

The one-act musical-performed in English-features a cast and crew from the Korean Church of Boston and is free and open to the public. The musical is another in a series of free musical and cultural performances that the church has hosted, dedicated to enriching the Brookline community and the church's mission of building fellowship with its neighbors. Although street parking is available around the church, use of public transportation is highly recommended (Brookline Village T-Stop)