Intercultural Residency Series
2016-2017 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

From India: The Rhythms of Life

Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm with Dr. Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions, Harvard Divinity School
Reception following the concert

Fall residency schedule Sept. 26 – Oct. 1

According to ancient Hindu treatises, it is believed that the universe was created when Lord Shiva danced with his drums in hand.  The idea that sound itself can connect us to the cosmos and to each other is at the heart of Indian classical music.  This evening’s journey calls to the ancient Gods, evoking rain, thunder and lightning through the polyrhythms of Das’s tabla and magical resonances of Karmakar’s sitar.  Guest artist, cellist Mike Block joins in a celebration of rocking improvisation, “half dance, half dare.“

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Sandeep Das, tabla:
“He is a creator of myths, a storyteller…one of the greatest artists I’ve ever met.“ Yo-Yo Ma

Rajib Karmakar, sitar:
“A joyful sitar virtuoso, the Jimmy Hendrix of his generation.” Ouest France

Mike Block, cello:
“The breathless duet by solo cellist Mike Block with the tabla player Sandeep Das … was another highlight of the evening. Half dance, half dare, it exemplified much of the interaction between the musicians, which turns any performance into a visual spectacle.” NY Times

Across East Asia: The PAN Project

Saturday, March 4 at 8:00pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00pm
Reception following the concert

Spring residency schedule Feb. 27 – March 4

The Korean word 'pan' (판) taken from the name of the Korean music-narrative tradition p'ansori (판소리) means to gather or come together ('sori' meaning song). PAN Project embodies this idea in our desire to gather together the traditions of East Asia into one ensemble and draw on the intercultural relationships between Chinese, Korean and Japanese music traditions and grow our music from these origins. Our instruments and instrumentalists are Gamin (Korean piri &namp; saenghwang), Woon-jung Sim (Korean janggu, buk), Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese shinobue, noh kan, taiko), Ying-Chieh Wang (Chinese erhu) and Jeff Roberts (Chinese guqin).

PAN Project is about coming together and telling stories through music and performance: from creations that draw on the rich intercultural music traditions of East Asian instrumental performance, ritual and theatre, to modern influences, drawing on improvisation, Western composition and multi-media technology. Through our music we hope to explore the creative nature of collaboration across cultures and bring together both history and the modern day into one intercultural and holistic expression.


Gamin, Korean piri &namp; saenghwang
Woon-jung Sim, Korean janggu, buk
Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese shinobue, noh kan, taiko
Ying-Chieh Wang, Chinese erhu
Jeff Roberts, Chinese guqin