eddy kwon
eddy kwon, UMMA-YA. Photo: Mengwen Cao / © eddykwon.net

Bang on a Can Music Series: eddy kwon + Iva Casian-Lakos

Sunday, July 17, 2022
4 pm–5 pm
Free with admission

Celebrating the twelfth season of collaboration, Bang on a Can and The Noguchi Museum present a monthly concert series in the Museum’s garden and galleries in June through September.

July’s program features eddy kwon performing UMMA-YA (excerpts), and Iva Casian-Lakos performing works by Joan La Barbara.

Free with admission; advance reservations recommended. Masks are required indoors.

eddy kwon
UMMA-YA (excerpts)

An entanglement of memory and mythology, UMMA-YA (excerpts) combines composition, improvisation, and transmutation to tell the story of a young boy who learns he will be a mother. Drawing from the dense, spiritual matter of Korean folk, traditional, and shamanic performance traditions, as well as the aesthetic fluidity of American experimentalism, UMMA-YA (excerpts) explores transformation, queer ancestry, and the spiritual imprints of colonialism.

UMMA-YA, in its full form, is an interdisciplinary performance work that incorporates dance, ritual, and theater, in addition to music and text, and was made possible by a 2021 Van Lier Fellowship at Roulette Intermedium.

Iva Casian-Lakos
Works by Joan La Barbara

Singer and cellist Iva Casian-Lakos will perform a set of works by Joan La Barbara: A Trail of Indeterminate Light, and ad astra. Paired together, these wildly different pieces capture La Barbara’s compositional range over the years, and put Iva’s unique skills to work with the synthesis of her voice and cello.

eddy kwon is a violinist/violist and interdisciplinary artist. Her practice connects composition, performance, improvisation, dance, and ceremony to explore transformation and transgression, ritual practice as a tool to queer ancestral lineage, and the use of mythology to connect, obscure, and reveal. Her work as a choreographer and movement artist embodies an expressive release and reclamation of colonialism’s spiritual imprints, connecting to both Japanese Butoh and a lineage of queer/trans practitioners of Korean shamanic ritual. She is a United States Artists Fellow, Johnson Fellow at Americans for the Arts, Van Lier Fellow at Roulette Intermedium, and Andrew W. Mellon Artist-in-Residence at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. eddykwon.net

Iva Casian-Lakos is a cellist known for both her virtuosity and interdisciplinary versatility from classical cello to boundary-stretching new works, involving choreography, singing, acting, improvisation, and more. She performs across the United States and Europe with ensembles Synesthetic Project, hear|say, Ensemble Illyrica, and Unheard-of//Ensemble.

Iva enjoys working on commissioned projects with composers such as Joan La Barbara, Wang Lu, Christopher Stark, Erika Dohi, Mak Murtić, and David Crowell. She also collaborates with visual artists, videographers, and dancers in interdisciplinary projects. ivacasianlakos.com

Now in its twelfth season, the Bang on a Can | Artists at Noguchi series features musicians performing an inclusive blend of music from across genres and across the world. noguchi.org/bangonacan