Leo Chang: Young Mong

Friday, June 28, 2024

Leo Chang presents improvised electroacoustic music for his 2024 Roulette Commission with Alex Zhang Hungtai, Tashi Dorji, and Che Chen.

There was almost an immediate clarity that this musical connection could only come out of migration. Relating to the transience of homes. We had a mutual understanding that while seeing different parts of the world is a privilege, the forces of Western imperialism are so tangible when witnessing so many environments that have been built in the image of the oppressors; brought up under the myth that the only way to imagine freedom is to imitate the colonizers. Instead, we improvise and experiment with the rootless, stateless, borderless. So that this music has no name, no claim to any land or place. No identity, no authenticity, no self. This music is temple in jungle. Shrine to meditative unpredictability.

Leo Chang amplified gongs, voice, electronics, Korean reeds (piri, taepyungso)
Alex Zhang Hungtai percussion, electronics, saxophone/reeds
Che Chen percussion, various self-made instruments
Tashi Dorji electric guitar

A livestream will be available free of charge at 8pm on the day of the performance and archived for future viewing.

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