OBEY Convention XI OXI presents Liu Fang + New Hermitage
Thu, May 24 at 7:30pm
OBEY Convention and The Confucius Institute presents:
Liu Fang + New Hermitage
Fort Massey 5303 Tobin St, Thursday May 24th, 7:30pm 2018
Born in Kunming in the province of Yunnan, China and currently residing in Montreal, Liu Fang is one of the world’s foremost performers of classical Chinese literati music. A tradition with heavy philosophical and poetic associations, Liu Fang’s virtuosic talent and sensibility suffuse this music with vivid detail. Performing on the pipa, a traditional lute dating back over two-thousand years, Liu Fang demonstrates an intensity typified by the roots of her practice. Rather than mere entertainment or even intellectual expression, the focus of a Chinese literati music practice is that of self-cultivation, meditation, mind-purification and spiritual elevation. We’re beyond grateful to be partnering with The Confucius Institute in presenting this world-renowned performer.
This chamber jazz quartet is the most recent vehicle of Andrew MacKelvie, a fearless improviser whose contributions to Atlantic Canada’s avant-improv scene have proven indispensable. New Hermitage sees the woodwind phenom turn his patient ear towards the natural world, revealing compositions that centre around a future theory; a post-apocalyptic drawl, a delicate returning to the elements. Each piece unfolds in accommodating detail, filled out by an all-star crew: Ellen Gibling (harp), Ross Burns (guitar) and India Gailey (cello). Rich expressions of joy, sorrow and tenderness combine to create a deeper sense of space-time. New Hermitage reminds the listener that merely being together is an intricate and complicated affair. Awareness en masse.
FREE for under 19, accessible entrance at 5303 Tobin St., non-gendered washrooms, accessible washroom via ramp by exiting building