Intercultural Residency Series
2015-2016 Season

The Intercultural Residency Series (ICRS) brings to Brandeis University artists of high accomplishment from around the world. The goal of these residencies is to deepen understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures through exploring artistic traditions, promoting intellectual inquiry, and encouraging cultural

Residency events are open to the community. Open classes across the curriculum provide opportunities to explore culture, society, history, etc with some of the world’s great artists. From gender studies to anthropology, from peace and coexistence to regional studies, from dance to theater, the universal expressive genre of music offers insight to the complexities of human experience. See Fall and Spring Schedules for residency details

Fall Residency: October 26-31

Saturday, October 31 at 8:00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm with Dr. James Thompson: “Art, Beauty, and War: A Short History” (see link for Dr. Thompson's other events on campus)  
Post-concert discussion with the artists

Home Within: A Live Audio-Visual Performance from Syria

What is the role of the arts in response to violence?  The beauty of a melody opens the heart, the line of a drawing provides new perspective…With the live painting/ music collaborative work “Home Within” as its centerpiece, this evening’s performance is an intimate, passionate and deeply personal artistic response to violent conflict. 

Also on the program: a premiere of a new work by Kinan Azmeh and film maker Khalil Younes for clarinet, electronics, and string quartet.


Kinan Azmeh: composer, clarinet
Kevork Mourad: live illustrations, visuals
Khalil Younes: film maker, visual artist
Guest artists: Lydian String Quartet

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Spring Residency: March 14-20


Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 pm with preconcert talk at 7:00 Sunday, March 20 at 4:00 pm

Korean Gugak – Soundscapes of the Soul

With a range of expression that extends from the elegant banquet music of the courts to the soul-searing passion of pansori, Korean gugak is a window to the history and culture of a people. At the core of this stunningly beautiful and diverse repertoire are the sounds that accompany shaman ritual; from these emerge the ‘scattered melodies’ of sanjo, improvisation of the bluesy sinawi ensemble, and ultimately, the new gugak of the 21st century.


Lee Tae-baek: ajaeng, janggu
Yi Ji-young: gayageum
Won Wan-chul: daegeum
Lee Suk-joo: piri
Lim Hyeun-bin: pansori

With Hilary Finchum-Sung: residency curator, haegeum

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