Beginner’s Ear

Elena Kawazu, violin
Jordan Bak, viola

Sun, September 13, 10:00am

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This event will take place rain or shine. In the case of rain, this event will move into the Reception Tent. The Reception Tent is a covered venue with open sides.

Enlighten your Sunday morning with Beginner’s Ear, a guided meditation accompanied by live chamber music within our Sunken Garden. Join us for this unique event as violinist Elena Kawazu, concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia, and Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak, whom Seattle Pi calls “a star in the making,” weave together a mesmerizing program of works that toy with our notion of time and space. The meditation is led by Adreanna Limbach, author of Tea and Cake with Demons: a Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy and a sought after teacher at retreats, online, and at MNDFL.

The event is moderated by Amadi Azikiwe, an accomplished violist, violinist, and Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra.

Artists

Elena Kawazu, violin
Jordan Bak, viola
Adreanna Limbach, meditation guide
Amadi Azikiwe, moderator


 


All artists and dates are subject to change and cancellation without notice as we work closely with local health experts and officials.

Beginner’s Ear

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Beginner’s Ear is an immersive listening experience that clears the mind and nourishes the spirit with silence and music. The 75-minute event begins with 15 minutes of group meditation led by a qualified mindfulness coach. Out of the resulting deep stillness, a 30-minute performance of chamber music emerges with visceral immediacy. A moderated conversation on aspects of mindful listening wraps up the session and bonds the community of participants.
For music lovers, the format reveals a new way of experiencing music. Participants report an uncannily close connection to the sounds. For meditation novices, music can facilitate and prolong the state of spacious sensory awareness that is often the reserve of seasoned practitioners.

Elena Kawazu, violin

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Elena Kawazu began her violin studies aged four, made her international orchestra debut with the Staatskapelle Weimar at the age of nine and has been a prizewinner of several international violin competitions: Wieniawski in Lublin, Louis Spohr, and Kloster Schöntal, among others. She currently studies with Prof. Ilya Gringolts at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and was a former student of Prof. Zakhar Bron in Germany as well as Prof. Shirley Givens at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School. Elena plays on a 1756 Gennaro Gagliano, provided to her by a generous sponsor in Switzerland.

Jordan Bak, viola

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“A star in the making,” (Seattle Pi) Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is establishing a career as an artist of passion, energy, and authenticity in the recital and chamber music arenas. Considered one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation, Bak is a winner of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. Bak also won the 2017 Juilliard Concerto Competition and is a Sphinx Competition alum and Sphinx MPower Artist Grant Recipient. A strong advocate of 20th and 21st century new music, Bak has collaborated with such composers as Kaija Saariaho, Caroline Shaw, Eli Greenhoe, Sampo Kansurinen, and Delong Wang. In addition to his growing solo career, Jordan Bak is a member of the celebrated New York Classical Players and guest artist with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players.

Adreanna Limbach, meditation guide

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Adreanna Limbach is a meditation instructor, personal development coach, and the author of the #1 new release, Tea and Cake With Demons : A Buddhist Guide to Feeling Worthy. [Sounds True, 2019] Her work has been featured by The New York Times, Refinery29, Women’s Health, and Yoga Journal.  She’s been hosting group coaching programs for coaches-in-training at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition since 2009, which has given her the unique opportunity to work with thousands of women in over 35 countries on questions of confidence, clarity, and self-worth.

As a meditation teacher, she cut her teeth teaching secular Buddhist studies and meditation at The Interdependence Project beginning in 2012. She’s since hosted retreats in Central America and at Omega Institute, and is currently a Lead Teacher at MNDFL.

Amadi Azikiwe, moderator 

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Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center.  Abroad, he has performed throughout Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, Nigeria, India, Japan, and Hong Kong.

As a soloist, Azikiwe has appeared with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Virginia Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, the City Island Baroque Ensemble of New York, the National Symphony of Ecuador, and at the Costa Rica International Music Festival. Currently, Mr. Azikiwe is Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Harlem Chamber Players.

As an orchestral musician, he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and as guest principal violist of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra.

A native of New York City, Amadi Azikiwe was born in 1969. After early studies with his mother, he began training at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Sally Peck. His studies continued at the New England Conservatory with Marcus Thompson and at Indiana University as a student of Atar Arad.