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Sounds of the Ascension with Bora Yoon + Armen Ra
The Church of the Ascension
New York, NY
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The Sorel Organization presents Sounds of the Ascension: an evening of sacred music, sonic healing, and musical alchemy, in the stunning architecture of the Church of Ascension in Greenwich Village, NYC (5th Avenue + 10th Street) with Korean-American vocalist/sound artist BORA YOON + Iranian-Armenian thereminist ARMEN RA.  Armen and Bora will be accompanied by an ongoing sound/art/installation by STEPHAN MOORE.

Featuring works by Mozart (Requiem, Lacrimosa), Bach (Variation of Ebrame Dich, St Matthew Passion), Komitas (Armenian sacred pieces), Schubert (Ave Maria), Puccini, and Bellini by Armen Ra and original soundscapes and music by Bora Yoon.

About Bora Yoon:
Described by the New York Times as mesmerizing and by KoreAm Journal as totally unique, Bora Yoon is an interdisciplinary vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and sound artist  who works at the intersection of music, performance, and architecture  to create spatial sound environments and experiences with instruments from various cultures and centuries. She has performed at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Singapore Arts Festival, Nam Jun Paik Museum (Korea), MADE Festival (Sweden), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), the Park Avenue Armory, and Walker Art Center, and diverse range of collaborators include interactive live visuals and producer R. Luke DuBois, composer Michael Gordon, the late poet Sekou Sundiata, and choreographer Noemie Lafrance. She is a TED Fellow, a Princeton University music composition fellow, and an advisor and recipient of the Music/Sound fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

About Armen Ra:
The mesmerizing style of Persian-Armenian theremin virtuoso, Armen Ra, has garnered the admiration of fans on multiple continents. He is considered one of the finest thereminists in the world today. Intrigued by this strange and one-of-a-kind instrument, Armen Ra began to study the theremin in 2001. His debut performance came later that year when he shared the stage with the orchestral group, Antony & The Johnsons, in New York City. Soon afterward, Armens well attended solo concert at The Gershwin Hotel was covered by CNN.  Armen has performed at upscale venues in the United States and Europe including:
- Musee Rodin, Paris.
The United Nations
Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles)
- Chateau Marmont
- The Broad Musem
The New Museum (NYC)
Wiener Konzerthaus Mozartsaal (Vienna)
Villa Petraia (Florence, Italy)
The REDCAT (Los Angeles), hosted Armens performance of his critically-acclaimed multimedia piece, METAL (A Tribute to Maria Callas).
His debut solo CD, Plays The Theremin was released on Bowl & Fork Records in the summer of 2010. It showcases many classical Armenian laments and folk songs. Theremin Classique, released in 2015 features European classical Arias.
Armen has performed and recorded with a large variety of artists and orchestras. Recent performances:
North American tour with rock icon Nick Caves group, Grinderman.
Collaboration with legendary British recording artist,
Marc Almond, on his 2010 release, Variete. His exquisite theremin playing can be heard in the song My Madness and I.
Armen plays on the Current 93 album entitled HoneySuckle Aeons. He appears in multiple songs on this 2011 release.
Armen plays on the debut album of Drag RAce winner Sharon Needles. The songs Every day is halloween and This cub is a haunted house released 2013.
Armen's recording of Dle Yaman was used for the video of designer Michael Schmidts 3-D gown which premiered on NY TIMES.COM and will tour art museums around the world.
Multiple International award winning documentary entitled WHEN MY SORROW DIED, The legend Of Armen Ra and the Theremin released.
Featured on Selena Gomezs Number 1 album REVIVAl on the track me and my girls
Featured on Gwen Stefanis first Number 1 Album on the track Naughty
Mentioned in Billboard article about Clara Rockmore and the GOOGLE Theremin Doodle.
Featured performer for the Christian Dior Haute Couture Ball at Musee Rodin, Paris.
Guest artist with Bora Yoon at The Broad Museum Los Angeles.

About Stephan Moore:
Stephan Moore is an audio artist, sound designer, composer, improviser, teacher, and curator based in Chicago. His creative work manifests as electronic studio compositions, improvisational outbursts, sound installations, scores for collaborative performances, algorithmic compositions, and sound designs for unusual circumstances. Evidence, his long-standing project with Scott Smallwood, has performed widely and released several recordings over the past 15 years. He is the president of Isobel Audio, LLC, and is a member of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology, The Nerve Tank, a canary torsi, Composers Inside Electronics, and the Wingspace Theatrical Collective. He toured for several years as the music coordinator and sound engineer of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and has worked with Pauline Oliveros, Anthony McCall, and Animal Collective, among others. He is a lecturer of sound art and sound design in the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Northwestern University.

Thank you to our sponsor The Sorel Music Organization and HarvestWorks, Digital Media Arts Center.
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May 05, 2017 8:00 PM

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General admission $15.00 ($16.52 w/service fee)
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The Church of the Ascension (View)
36-38 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
United States


Music > All Ages

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