“Voices of the Way”documents three performance works, presented in Sacred Heart
Chapel at Loyola Marymount University during the 2008 World Festival of Sacred
Music. “Voices” is a reference both to the medium of the performance and to the
faith traditions that are represented by it. “Way” is inclusive of the teachings of path,
practice, and fundamental reality that are associated in varying degrees with Daoism,
Buddhism, and Christianity.


Music for the Invocation is “Galang Kangin,” a traditional composition for Balinese
gamelan angklung, in this case providing accompaniment for a prayer in four directions
to focus and purify the spirit of the performance space.

 

Music for Not the Eternal Song is a setting of nine chapters of an ancient Chinese wisdom
text, the Tao Te Ching. The score calls for women’s chorus and harp. Integrated with the
music are a back-projected visual installation that engages in a dialog of images with
themes of the song texts (top panel) and a live-feed video display that adds a deepened
sense of presence to the performance (left panel).

 


Karuna Agung—A Buddhist Requiem is an interfaith setting of the Latin Missa pro Defunctus
(Requiem Mass) and the Tibetan Bardol Thödol (Book of the Dead). The score calls
for Western chamber choir (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and Balinese gamelan
angklung (a type of gong/chime percussion ensemble). Dance and back-projected
visual installation reinforce textual themes of birth, death, and liberation. Here again, a
live video display contributes heightened immediacy to the performance.

 

Our dancing and songs are voices of the Way.
– Hakuin Eikaku (1685 - 1768)

This event is under auspices of the 2008 World Festival of Sacred Music

 


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ART INSTALLATION FOR THE "INVOCATION"

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ART INSTALLATION FOR THE "Not the Eternal Song "

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ART INSTALLATION and Performance FOR THE "REQUIEM KARUNA AGUNG"

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Paul Humphreys is active as a teacher, performer, ethnomusicologist, and composer. His published articles and paper presentations have addressed such topics as non-western compositional practice, music and religion, and comparative music theory. Humphreys has composed a number of original works that reflect his involvement as a performer in traditional music from Indonesia, West Africa, East Asia, and Native North America. He has also been active–as a pianist and violist–in bringing these works to performance. His teaching reflects a commitment to integrating an awareness of world music within studies in traditional theory. Humphreys currently serves as a member of the Music Standards Committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Composers USA, Southern California Chapter. He is also a Past President of the Southern California Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology and continues as an active member of the society. [Associate Professor | Loyola Marymount University. B.M., Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles]

Sri Susilowati is a Javanese-American choreographer acclaimed for productions of traditional and boundary-crossing contemporary dance. She is the founder and director of Sri Dance Company, a dance group that creates and performs traditional and contemporary works on the subjects of community, gender, and ethnicity through dance and multi-media. Originally from Indonesia, Sri has worked on a wide variety of artistic projects including contemporary dance, choreography for large venue concerts, and creative movement for film. Sri recent projects have included producing and directing the annual Dancing in the Margins Festival (Electric Lodge, Venice), choreographing: Chosen (presented at Women and War, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica), and Tangkep (presented at Four Headed Dance II, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica).  She is also working on David Rousseve’s new work, Saudade.

 

Art Nomura is an Artist and a Professor in Film/TV Production in the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

He has worked in expressive media of all types including painting, ceramics, sculpture, film, and video since 1968. His independent productions include documentaries, narratives, dance and music videos, and video art. Many of his works have themes directly connected to the Asian American experience. He received a Gold Award from the Houston Worldfest for Lotusland; Best Drama Pilot. Seascape, a dance video, and Wok Like A Man, a music video documentary, have toured galleries and museums worldwide. He has received production awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles. Nomura has taught video/film production throughout Southern California since 1981.

Luís Proença is a priest involved in directing and producing documentaries and new media art. Recently he just had his latest 2 documentaries broadcast at RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional) over all the continents. These two works are about the Portuguese community in California. They are called Tradition - As Festas e Tradições dos Portugueses na Califórnia and Off the Boat- As Histórias de Imigração dos Portugueses na Califórnia.

Hopes and Struggles of Mozambican Refugees is the second most recent work (April, 2006), which has been broadcast all over Africa on RTP Africa. Pukiki – The Portuguese Americans of Hawaii is Proenca’s work from 2003 in which he served as Producer, Director and Editor. Pukiki was internationally broadcast over all the continents on RTPi (Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional) and it was also an Official Selection of the Hawaiian International Film Festival (Oct. 03). After Pukiki he finished the documentary Mo’olelo – Oral Histories of the Portuguese in Maui, Oahu and Hawai’i.

Since 2000 he has taught Television and Film Production courses at Loyola Marymount University where he is an Associate Professor and Department Chair.

Sponsored by:

Program for World Music &
Music Dept. | College of Communication and Fine Arts | LMU

Production Dept. & Recording Arts Dept. | School of Film and Television | LMU

Durfee Foundation

Marymount Institute for Faith Culture and the Arts |LMU

Hope Media Productions, Inc.

2008 World Festival of Sacred Music

 

 

Creative artists:

Music Composition by Paul Humpreys
Choreography by Sri Susilowati
Art installation by Luis Proença and Art Nomura
Live video direction by Art Nomura