Recital: Shalun Li '24 GD, Collaborative Piano
NEC's students meet one-on-one each week with a faculty artist to perfect their craft. As each one leaves NEC to make their mark in the performance world, they present a full, professional recital that is free and open to the public. It's your first look at the artists of tomorrow.
This recital is entitled: Enso Resonance - A Zen Buddhism inspired multi-art experience
In today's fast-paced world, the need for tranquility and mindfulness is more essential than ever. Many Zen concepts have already been brought into modern human life, such as meditation and minimalist lifestyle. At the core of Zen lies the wisdom to find peace within the chaos, I believe it's a timeless guide to finding equilibrium amidst the whirlwind of modern life.
Our event explores the concept of Zen Buddhism with music performance and interactive visual art to create a unique immersive experience for the audience. It features Zen-inspired music, interactive visual art, and workshops. The harmonious interplay of auditory and visual elements aims to create moments of serenity and mindfulness, sparking inspiration for a more balanced and spiritually enriched lifestyle.
Personal Connection to Zen:
Growing up in China, I was often surrounded by references to Zen, although its full meaning eluded me. The idea of Zen always resonated with me, and in recent years, I've incorporated its concepts into various aspects of my life. It has brought me unparalleled serenity and mindfulness, helping me to balance the demands of modern city living. This personal connection and inspiration led me to create this event, sharing our interpretation of Zen with the audience.
This is an in-person event with a private stream available to the NEC community here: https://necmusic.edu/live
John Cage | 4’33”
Lou Harrison | Bowl Bells from Varied TrioArtists
- K. J. McDonald, violin
- Henry Wilson, percussion
John Cage | Six Melodies for Violin and KeyboardArtists
- K. J. McDonald, violin
Lingbo Ma | Heart SutraArtists
- Shiyu Zhuo, soprano
Rihards Kolmanis | Beginningless GreedArtists
- Chihiro Asano, mezzo-soprano
- Paul Meland, saxophone
- Rihards Kolmanis, guitar
- HenryWilson, percussion
I want to say thank you to my mentors,
Vivian Weilerstein, Cameron Stowe, Tanya Blaich, and JJ Penna,
Your unwavering support and mentorship have been the driving force behind this event.
I am deeply grateful for your guidance, which has shaped my musicianship and expanded my artistic vision.
To my family and friends,
your love and encouragement has meant the world to me.
A special note of appreciation goes to my dear partner, Rihards Kolmanis,
for providing me with the strength to make this event a reality.