The Crossing creates a new form of ecstatic group improvisation through investigating various ancient Asian musical genres, such as Japanese Gagaku and Korean shamanist ritual music. Through a period of deep development and performance with an ensemble of like-minded ‘seekers’, the goal is to reach a state of communication with “an other” world.
Rooted in Ritual
The project is rooted in ritualistic purpose with the intention of the players and listeners to reach an ecstatic state as they seek to bridge the material and spirit worlds.
One of the most significant musical characteristics of The Crossing is its element of improvisation. As the accompanying music for the inner songs and dances of the space we occupy, the players rely on masterful improvisation in order to accompany various songs and dances that will be performed spontaneously during the performance.
The ensemble and aesthetic for The Crossing are built from locally-sourced ingredients and sensibilities, slowly churned and developed over time in order to create a unique musical sound and performance style contingent upon the highly developed spontaneous creativity of its musicians.
The Crossing’s mission is to create new and innovative work that combines traditional Eastern sensibilities with modern American performance practices. By creating pieces in a group collaborative process, our goal is to create meaningful work that investigates various artistic, social and spiritual themes.
“I believe this project is particularly pushing boundaries in that the goal for the performers is to perform as a group until a connection with “another” world is made. Our goal is to create a crossing between the “spirit” and material world and create a space where audiences feel a direct connection with both.” -Edward Schocker
This project allows the performers and audience the opportunity to investigate what a “spirit world” means to them. This could be achieved through connecting or remembering ancestors, engaging in meditation/prayer, or allowing the body to physically move as the music takes it.
The Crossing gives the local community the rare opportunity to see a work that brings together ritual and performance –two elements that have long become separated from each other over the centuries.
The members of The Crossing include Dohee Lee, Suki O’Kane, Adria Otte, Kanoko Nishi, Dylan Bolles, Soo-yeon Lyuh, Yun-kyong Jin and Edward Schocker.
Work Progress Showing
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St. San Francisco
The Crossing Part 1
(part of YBCA’s New Frequencies Fest)
Friday, April 29, 2016
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. San Francisco
The Crossing is made possible through the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Musical Grant Program, which is administered by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, and supported by the Heller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation and San Francisco Grants for the Arts.