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Experimental Chinese-American sound project arrives in Athens

With open arms and open ears, the Ohio University community is poised to welcome "Sonorous Presence: China-U.S. Experimental Music Collaborative," an intercultural, interdisciplinary sound project which debuts on campus this week.

Leading Chinese sound artists will give students a sampling of this unique Chinese-American musical collaboration on Tuesday, April 5, with an improvisational concert at 7:30 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall.

The concert will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the nature of experimental and intercultural improvisation in music as well as China’s sound art. 

On Wednesday, April 6, a workshop on sound art and experimental music will offer participants opportunities to make sounds and actively interact with the artists. The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Putnam 227.

All events are free and open to the public.

"Sonorous Presence" features three of China’s most prominent experimental musicians: Yan Jun (feedback noise), Wang Fan (laptop) and Li Jianhong (guitar). 

They will be joined by Asian-American artist Jonathan Chen (violin, electronics) and Ohio University faculty member Marina Peterson (cello), an assistant professor of performance studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts.

"Sonorous Presence" is sponsored by Arts for Ohio, the Aesthetic Technologies Lab, the School of Music, the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and the Center for International Studies. It is co-presented by Asian Improv aRts Midwest.