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      October 22, 2012

      Monday   8:00 PM

      290 Huntington Avenue
      Boston, Massachusetts 02115

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      Linda Chase + Jane Hirshfield

      Location: Williams Hall
      Music of the
      Ink Dark Moon:
      An Evening of
      Music and Poetry

      Improvising flutist Linda Chase from New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation faculty joins Jane Hirshfield, award-winning poet and translator of classical Japanese poetry, for this collaborative evening.

      Hirshfield will read her own poetry and translations of love poems by women of the ancient court of Japan. Chase and other NEC faculty members and students will perform new music written for Hirshfield's recent poems and new improvisations of music and poetry.

      This collaboration came about after Chase returned from a Japan Foundation fellowship-sponsored visit to Japan, where she sought understanding of how elements of Buddhism and reverence for nature are reflected in music and the arts such as shakuhachi (flute), chado (tea ceremony), ikebana (flowers) and haiku and tanka poetry.

      Chase happened to be 100 miles north of Tokyo on March 11, 2011 during the Great East Japan Earthquake. Carrying the book Ink Dark Moon, Jane Hirshfield's and Mariko Aratani's translations of poetry by medieval "immortals" Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, these poems became central to her life and the healing process.

      After writing the story of this experience in Japan, she sent it to Jane, who had astonishingly just gotten back from Japan a few weeks before the earthquake, and whose own encounters with traditional Japanese culture include eight years as a full-time student of Zen Buddhism, three of them in a monastery in silence.

      More and more I have come to admire resilience.
      Not the simple resistance of a pillow, whose foam
      returns over and over to the same shape, but the sinuous
      tenacity of a tree: finding the light newly blocked on one side,
      it turns in another. A blind intelligence, true.
      But out of such persistence arose turtles, rivers,
      mitochondria, figs—all this resinous, unretractable earth.
      —Jane Hirshfield

      Poems and songs performed tonight include:
      To Sparseness
      Jasper, Feldspar, Quartzite
      Three Foxes
      The Promise
      Hope and Love
      Lake and Maple
      Three Times My Life Has Opened
      The Tongue Says Loneliness
      Building and Earthquake
      Seems Only Yesterday
      This Tree

      Linda Chase, flute
      Beth Abbate, violin
      Hankus Netsky, piano
      Jeremy Barnett, percussion
      Andria Nicodemou, percussion
      Marny Proudfit, voice
      Valerie Thompson, cello
      Natalie Cadet, voice

      Illustration: Ono no Komachi washing the book during the poetry competition (1859) by Utagawa Kunisada

      Cost: Free

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