March 31, 2015
Intercultural Journeys presents a Family Concert featuring Elena Moon Park
April 19 at International House
Philadelphia, PA -
Intercultural Journeys is pleased to announce the fifth and last concert of its 2014/15 Songs for Peace concert season with Brooklyn-based artist Elena Moon Park. In this special family-oriented concert, Elena will present her children’s folk album Rabbit Days and Dumplings. The concert will take place in the theater at International House Philadelphia on April 19, 2015 at 2:00pm.
Rabbit Days and Dumplings is a celebration of folk and children's music from all over East Asia, reinterpreted to mix various musical traditions, languages, styles, and stories. Songs range from northern Japanese sea shanties to Tibetan jump rope rhymes, joyous Korean harvest sing-a-longs, and Taiwanese train songs. The album has gained acclaim from parents and children alike. A reviewer for New York Family Magazine said this of the album, “Hands down it is the best all-ages album.” Robert Drake, Producer of Kids’ Corner on WXPN-FM echoed this sentiment, “Wow! Elena Moon Park embraces both her family tree and musical roots in her latest CD Rabbit Days And Dumplings. Well done!”
Park, who also plays fiddle, trumpet, and mandolin for Grammy Award®-winning all-ages folk rock band Dan Zanes and Friends, will be joined by several musicians who play with her on the album, including: Akiko Hiroshima (vocals), Domenica Fossati (flute), James Moore (guitar and banjo), Yoshi Waki (upright bass), and David Cossin (drums). Park is also hoping to tap into the local talent and is exploring ways to collaborate with several Asian instrumentalists from the Philadelphia area. Attendees to the concert can expect to do some dancing and sing along to songs in Korean, Japanese, Tibetan, Mandarin, Cantonese, and English.
“It’s exciting for us to welcome an artist like Elena into the season,” said Alex Shaw, Intercultural Journeys’ Curator. “She seems to have really found a creative and accessible approach to reimagining these songs from various Asian cultural traditions. Her album says something about the greater possibility of promoting and appreciating cross-cultural understanding, especially for the younger generation.”
In keeping with the Intercultural Journeys mission, Elena will also take part in a special engagement event designed to connect the season artists more deeply with the community. Elena will facilitate a special workshop for members of the Asian Arts Initiative’s Youth Arts Workshop, which is an after-school program that supplies Asian-American teens and fellow students from all backgrounds with a safe space to explore art, share their stories, and connect to the community.
The performance will take place on April 19 at the Ibrahim Theater in International House Philadelphia. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $8 for children and students. Discounts are available for members of International House.
Tickets are sold through International House Philadelphia and may be purchased online at www.ihousephilly.org/IJ or by calling the International House Philadelphia box office at 215.387.5125, then press menu option 2.
About Elena Moon Park
Elena Moon Park is a musician and educator living in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Oak Ridge, TN, she studied anthropology and ethnomusicology at Northwestern University and completed a Master’s Degree in Urban Policy from The New School in New York City. Elena currently manages programs for Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation and co-directs the OneBeat international exchange program, a music-based cultural diplomacy initiative run in partnership with the US Department of State. She also performs with the Grammy Award-winning family music folk rock band Dan Zanes and Friends, playing fiddle, trumpet, mandolin and singing, and is a freelance musician in NYC specializing in new music. As a member of Dan Zanes and Friends, Elena has actively engaged in outreach and collaboration with various youth arts organizations across the country, and has performed on stages and in festivals throughout the United States, as well as Australia, England, Spain, and the Middle East. Elena is also interested in the preservation of diverse music and culture in the United States and has released an album for families featuring folk and children’s music from East Asia.
About Intercultural Journeys
Intercultural Journeys seeks to promote understanding in pursuit of peace amongst people of diverse faiths and cultures through dialogue and the presentation of world-class performances in music, dance, the spoken word, and other art forms. We believe that performances, done for the purpose of bringing people together that might otherwise be in conflict, give us the opportunity to play a small part in contributing to world peace.
We fulfill our mission by transforming the traditional concert series into a new model that pairs performances featuring world-class artists with a special engagement project that takes those same artists into a specific and often underserved community. We believe that education is the cornerstone of our mission. Our educational residency program, Dialogues in Music, is aimed at promoting tolerance, respect, and mutual cultural understanding in the city’s youth.
Intercultural Journeys was first founded in 2002 by Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David, philanthropist Carole Haas Gravagno, Majid Alsayegh, and Sheldon L. Thompson. Together they saw the role that music could play in beginning a dialogue between people that might not otherwise speak to each other. Since then, Intercultural Journeys has held over 160 concerts, partnering with a diverse roster of both local and international artists, in the Greater Philadelphia area, across the United States, and abroad, in countries such as China, Spain, Italy, and Israel.
Intercultural Journeys Family Concert: Elena Moon Park presents Rabbit Days and Dumplings
April 19, 2015, 2:00pm
Elena Moon Park / vocals, jarana
Akiko Hiroshima / vocals
Domenica Fossati / flute
James Moore / guitars, banjo
Yoshi Waki / upright bass
David Cossin / drums
All tickets $15 General Admission/ $10 International House Philadelphia members/ $8 Students
International House Philadelphia’s Ibrahim Theater
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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