Week 3

© Éric BeauséjourMUSIC

Brise japonaise

Brise japonaise & o(. _ .)o m4 goi1 (^ v ^)//

Thursday, May 16th
8pm

Jeunesses Musicales Canada
305 Mont-Royal Avenue
Metro Mont-Royal

$ 20

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Brise japonaise and o(. _ .)o m4 goi1 (^ v ^)//  is  a music concert made up of a beautiful mix of traditional, contemporary and folk music with three accomplished musicians, Yuki Isami on flute, Natsuki Hiratsuka on piano, and Jane Chan on cello.

This concert will be presented in three parts. The evening will open with Brise japonaise interpreted by Yuki Isami and Natsuki Hiratsuka, a recital that is an expression of the blending of Asian heritage and a continuous discovery of Quebec culture, echoing the shock and, above all, the harmony between the past and the present.

In the second part, Jane Chan will present her composition Chinoi series which was created over the past year while Jane was beginning to learn Cantonese, and which explores the fluidity of the language’s tonal structure. She will also perform Pose VI: Monody (2018), a work composed for her by her husband and collaborator Anthony Tan.

For the evening’s finale, the three artists will together perform contemporary pieces followed by arrangements of traditional Asian pieces. These works echo the shock and harmony between the past and present in Asian music history, as well as the origins of these Asian musicians and their daily lives in Canada.

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Program (subject to changes)

Eugène BOZZA, 5 Chansons sur des thèmes japonais (1978) Chant triste d’Iwate, Lutte des guerriers à cheval, Les eaux de Kusatsu, Chant d’amour, Les moissonneurs de Miyazaki
Shinobue and piano

Michio MIYAGI, Haru no Umi (1929)
Flute and piano

Unknown, Fukagawa (around 1650)
Shinobue and piano

Rentaro TAKI, Kōjō no tsuki (1901)
Flute and piano

Makoto SHINOHARA, Kassouga (1960)
Flute and piano

Reiko YAMADA, Duo (2019)
Flute, shinobue and piano

Jane CHAN, Chinoi Series (2019)
Cello and electronics

Anthony TAN, Pose VI: Monody (2018)
Cello and electronics

Takeo HOSHIYA, Sinfonia on the 72 fragments (2018)
Flute, cello and piano


Yuki Isami ©Joachim RaginelYuki Isami – Flute

A native of Japan, Yuki Isami discovered music at the age of four through the piano. After receiving first prizes from Toho’s College of Drama and Music in Tokyo, and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, she now pursues a flutist career. She has participated in many international festivals and performed in various orchestras including the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and the Orchestre symphonique de Québec. She has also worked on various projects to promote Japanese music and culture in Canada with instruments such as the shinobue, koto, and shamisen. She has notably arranged and performed Musique japonaise: Branches et racines and TSUKI, a musical and visual tale. yukiisami.com

©Antoine SaitoNatsuki Hiratsuka – Piano

The pianist, Natsuki Hiratsuka is active as a chamber musician. “A pianist of great skills and sensitivity” (La Scena Musicale), “She evinces a special sensitivity to the haunting sonorities...” (Fanfare Magazine). She has given numerous recitals in Japan, England, Canada, and the United States. Recently, she has performed at Jordan Hall in Boston, Musashino Hall in Tokyo, French Cultural Center of Boston, Longy School of Music, Brown University, Montreal Conservatory and University of Alberta. Her recording of Szymanowski and Shostakovich violin sonatas as well as Lekeu and Franck violin sonatas with violinist Frederic Bednarz on Metis-Islands Record received rave reviews.

©Rita TaylorJane Chan – Cello

A cellist, improviser, and chamber musician, Jane Chan is drawn to various modes of listening and emerging sounds in ensemble music. Her extended practice includes composition, recording, writing, interdisciplinary collaboration, and teaching. In her collaborative work, she feeds on situations that take her out of her comfort zone and give her the chance to find common ground with artists from diverse backgrounds. In 2017, she was nominated for a META award for outstanding contribution to her Constellations production. She holds a master’s degree from McGill University where she studied classical and contemporary interpretation with Yegor Dyachkov. She currently teaches cello at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has been an active organizer of the Montreal Contemporary Music Laboratory and Montreal-based Sympathiques. janeonsienchan.com

© Éric Beauséjour

LITERATURE

A Night with Writers

A Night with Writers

Friday, May 17th
8pm

Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec
615, Sainte-Croix Avenue
Metro Du Collège

Free Entrance

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To compliment the exhibition Bridges of Hope presented at the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Festival Accès Asie and Teesri Duniya Theater present the literary evening with A Night with Writers

A Night with Writers brings together some of the best South Asian Canadian writers for readings and a discussion with the audience. It includes Rana Bose, Jaswant Guzder, Rahul Varma and Anita Anand with moderator Veena Gokhale.

This literary evening offers as much an opportunity to meet, hear and learn from these authors as it does to promote and inspire enthusiasm for the literature as a whole.

A Night with Writers is an integral part of the Bridges of Hopes exhibition, which celebrates the work of a group of visible minority visual artists who remain largely invisible to society, in general, and are not included on the dominant art scene.

Presented in collaboration with

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© Lisa FosterRana Bose – Author, Playwright, Poet and Dramaturge

Born and raised in Kolkata, India, Rana Bose is an author, playwright, poet, and dramaturge. He completed his engineering studies at Washington University, and has lived in Montreal since the 1970s. Although he has worked as an engineer, Rana is best known in Canada as a playwright and novelist. He has written and staged eleven plays that have been performed in Canada, the United States and India. Fog is Rana’s third novel. He is the founding editor of Montreal Serai. In 2016, he was awarded the Quebec Writers’ Federation Judy Mappin Award.

© Courtoisie de Jaswant GuzderJaswant Guzder – Visual artist, author and child psychiatrist

Jaswant Guzder creates long fan books on the themes of migration and free association conversations joined together from dismantled books. These books are partly inspired by her therapeutic work through which she listens to continuity in narrative. All this work spans the ongoing journey of a third generation South Asian Canadian as she remaps identities and exists between worlds. For many years, Guzder’s visual art work has been exhibited in Montreal and galleries in Victoria, London, New York, Rome and India. She has worked on numerous book covers and contributed to the websites of cultural psychiatry in the US, for the World Psychiatric Association, and McGill University, where shewill be giving a summer workshop at visual arts center on creating visual books.

© Teesri Duniya TheatreRahul Varma – Playwright

Rahul Varma is a playwright and the artistic director of Teesri Duniya Theatre, which he co-founded in 1981. In 1998, he co-founded the theatre magazine alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage. He writes both in Hindi and English. His recent plays include Land Where the Trees Talk, No Man’s Land, Trading Injuries, Counter Offence, Bhopal, Truth and Treason and State of Denial. Some of his plays have been translated into French, Italian, Hindi and Punjabi. He is a recipient of the Juror’s Award from the Quebec Drama Federation, an award for promoting interculturalism from the Montreal English Critic’s Circle, South Asian Theatre Festival Award, and the Montreal English Theatre Award for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. Rahul has also been a finalist for the Quebec Writer’s Federation prize for playwriting. teesriduniyatheatre.com

© Diane LavoieAnita Anand – Author and Translator

Although Montreal native Anita Anand has lived in such places as the Bronx, Brixton, and Vancouver, she maintains a stubborn preference for her birthplace. In every neighbourhood where she has lived, she has been the only person her age of Indian origin, and she considers this experience to have been a priceless gift to her development as a writer. Her collection of short stories, Swing in the House, won the 2015 Concordia-QWF First Book Prize. More recently, her translation of Nirliit, a novel by Juliana Léveillé-Trudel, was nominated for the 2018 John Glassco Award. She is currently working on a novel. anitaanand.carrd.co

Veena Gokhale_© Kiran AmbwaniVeena Gokhale – Author and Journalist

Veena Gokhale started her career as a journalist in Bombay. This “tough, tantalizing” city inspired Bombay Wali and Other Stories, published by Guernica Editions in 2013. Veena came to Canada on a journalism fellowship, returning to do a master’s degree. After immigrating, she worked for non-profits. Her novel, Land for Fatimah, was published by Guernica in 2018. It is partly inspired by the two years she spent working in Tanzania. Veena has published fiction and poetry in anthologies and literary magazines. She is also a freelance writer and gives Indian cooking classes. veenago.com/writing/index.html

© Éric Beauséjour

DANCE

©Aalok Soni

Perles d'ailleurs - Rhythm Rewritten

Saturday, May 18th
8pm

Gesù – Centre de créativité
1200 de Bleury Street
Metro Place-des-Arts

Presented by

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Festival Accès Asie is pleased to present its International component in collaboration with the Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture, Rhythm Rewritten.

Rhythm Rewritten is an Indo-American collaboration with tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith, an Emmy Award-winning New York artist, and Seema Mehta, a Kathak dancer based in Mumbai.

This dynamic, improvisational show links two cultures, two traditions, and two artists who communicate through their powerful footwork, accompanied by talented musicians, Ian de Souza from Toronto, Satyaprakash Mishra from Mumbai, Debashish Sarkar and Jayanta Banerjee from Calcutta and Theo Hill from New York.

Presented in collaboration with

Centre Kabir

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© Donald Woodrow BarrySeema Mehta – Dancer and choreographer

A fine artist, Seema Mehta graduated from the San Francisco Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in painting and sculpture. Since 2000, she has been practising kathak with Pandit Chitresh Das. Her lineage goes back to the great gurus of Lucknow and the gharanas of Jaipur. Seema’s style establishes an admirable balance between the subtle and graceful yet powerful, especially in her footwork. Seema practices Kathak Yoga, sings and plays harmonium. Director of Chhandam Nritya Bharati School (Mumbai and Calcutta), she teaches more than 100 students. Beyond the traditional perception of dance, Seema’s vision is to touch lives through her art. seemamehta.com

© Stephen HudginsJason Samuels Smith – Dancer, choreographer and performer

Jason Samuels Smith, is a dedicated champion of the Art form of Tap Dance. He is the recipient of an Emmy, Dance Magazine Award, American Choreography Award and Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award among others. Jason is the founding director of the annual LA Tap Festival and Tap Family Reunion in NYC. Choreography and film credits include Black Nativity, Hit TV series Psych, Secret Talents of the Stars (MYA), So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with The Stars, UPAJ:Improvise, Dean Hargrove’s Tap Heat, Outkast’s Idlewild, and Debbie Allen’s Cool Women. Stage Credits include Soul Possessed, Broadway’s Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk, and Imagine Tap! in addition to his own projects and successful touring company. He founded the Tap programs at Debbie Allen Dance Academy and The National Museum of Dance and also developed a professional tap shoe. Using his art for social justice, he supports organizations including Groove With Me, AHF, Tied To Greatness, amfAR, The Actors Fund, and Broadway Cares/DRA to name a few. Jason promotes respect for the art form and creates opportunities for upcoming generations as he continues to travel as an ambassador for tap around the world. divinerhythmproductions.com

© Joanna de SouzaIan de Souza – Bass

Born in Kampala, Uganda, bassist and producer Ian de Souza collaborates on film, television, and dance projects. During his 35-year career, he has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and has collaborated with artists such as Jeff Martin, Jane Siberry, Carole Pope, Denzil Sinclair, Stephen Paige, Colin James, Bill Frissell, Cyro Baptista, etc., to name but a few. A founding member of the quartet Sisters Euclid, Ian has long collaborated with electronic duo LAL and folk singer Andrea Koziol. In 2012, Ian composed the soundtrack for Vikram Das Gupta’s award-winning film, Calcutta Taxi.

© Avinash PatelSatyaprakash Mishra – Tabla

The Tabla artist, Satyaprakash Mishra is the disciple and son of Tabla Maestro Pt. Kalinath Mishra, of the Benaras gharana style. He has performed at several prestigious festivals in India including the Kala Ghoda Festival, Bandra Festival, Kinkini among others. He has accompanied Kathak Queen Sitara Devi, Padmashri Pt.Pratap Pawar as well as singers like Suresh Wadkar. He plays for the training sessions of actresses like Madhuri Dixit and Kangana Ranaut. Satyaprakash has been associated with the dance school Chhandam Nritya Bharati for the last few years. He performed with the legendary Pandit Chitresh Das on his last collaboration with Antonio Hidalgo Paz in Yatra, a Kathak and Flamenco work. He now regularly performs with Das disciples in India and abroad.

© Pancroma Studio(Kolkata)Debashish Sarkar – Voice and Harmonium

Debashish Sarkar developed a classical vocal base under the training of Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Khan, preceded by several years of training with renowned gurus Shri Sukhendu Goswami, Ustad Sagiruddin Khan, and Shri Sukumar Mitra. Debashis has performed in many dance and music concerts in India and at major festivals and art centers in the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition to classical singing, ghazal, and bhajan performances, Debashish also sang and composed music for Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Sanjukta Panigrahi (Odissi), Pandit Chitresh Das (Kathak), Pandit Birju Maharaj, and for Doordarshan Kolkata Productions - Ram Katha Ram Kahani and Om Shakti.

© Joseph LeeJayanta Banerjee – Sitar

Born into a family of musicians, Jayanta Banerjee studied the sitar under Pandit Robi Chakroborty. He has performed as a soloist and accompanist across the globe with some of the world’s greatest Indian classical dancers and musicians, including Dr. L. Subramaniam, Pandit Rajan & Sajan Mishra, Pandit Kumar Bose, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri , Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Ustad Sabir Khan, Pandit Bhavani Shankar, and Pandit Ramesh Mishra. Jayanta is also a successful composer and arranger and has collaborated with Pandit Chitresh Das. As well, he has received the National Youth Festival Award from the Indian Government and has been honored by the Rajya Sangeet Academy, the Ravi Kichlu Foundation, and the Salt Lake Cultural Association.

© Anna YatskevichTheo Hill – Piano

Hailed by the New York Times as «a vital young pianist at play in New York’s straight-ahead tradition» Theo Hill is emerging as a fresh new voice in jazz piano. Born in Albany, New York, he began to study classical piano at the age of five. He gravitated toward jazz studying piano at age twelve and by age sixteen, he was performing at clubs in the tri-city area and made his first New York City appearance sitting in at Smalls Jazz Club. Theo has since performed in hundreds of venues. He has toured in over 30 states in the U.S. as well as international appearances in many countries. As a sideman Theo has had the opportunity to perform with Jeff «Tain» Watts, Bobby Watson, Gregory Porter as well as many other master musicians. Theo also conducts master classes and teaches privately. theoshill.com

© Éric BeauséjourDANCE

©Aalok SoniMaster Worpkshop with Seema Mehta and Jason Samuels Smith

Sunday, May 19th
10am to 1pm

Studio Caravane
6262 St-Hubert Street
Metro Beaubien

$50

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Kathak dancer Seema Mehta and tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith will be pleased to share their art and knowledge with all who are fascinated by the collaboration of Kathak and tap dance.

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© Donald Woodrow BarrySeema Mehta – Dancer and choreographer

A fine artist, Seema Mehta graduated from the San Francisco Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in painting and sculpture. Since 2000, she has been practising kathak with Pandit Chitresh Das. Her lineage goes back to the great gurus of Lucknow and the gharanas of Jaipur. Seema’s style establishes an admirable balance between the subtle and graceful yet powerful, especially in her footwork. Seema practices Kathak Yoga, sings and plays harmonium. Director of Chhandam Nritya Bharati School (Mumbai and Calcutta), she teaches more than 100 students. Beyond the traditional perception of dance, Seema’s vision is to touch lives through her art. seemamehta.com

© Stephen HudginsJason Samuels Smith – Dancer, choreographer and performer

Jason Samuels Smith, is a dedicated champion of the Art form of Tap Dance. He is the recipient of an Emmy, Dance Magazine Award, American Choreography Award and Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award among others. Jason is the founding director of the annual LA Tap Festival and Tap Family Reunion in NYC. Choreography and film credits include Black Nativity, Hit TV series Psych, Secret Talents of the Stars (MYA), So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with The Stars, UPAJ:Improvise, Dean Hargrove’s Tap Heat, Outkast’s Idlewild, and Debbie Allen’s Cool Women. Stage Credits include Soul Possessed, Broadway’s Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk, and Imagine Tap! in addition to his own projects and successful touring company. He founded the Tap programs at Debbie Allen Dance Academy and The National Museum of Dance and also developed a professional tap shoe. Using his art for social justice, he supports organizations including Groove With Me, AHF, Tied To Greatness, amfAR, The Actors Fund, and Broadway Cares/DRA to name a few. Jason promotes respect for the art form and creates opportunities for upcoming generations as he continues to travel as an ambassador for tap around the world. divinerhythmproductions.com

© Éric Beauséjour

CULINARY ART

Arts culinaires : Tibet

Tibetan Cooking Workshop with Théâtre Everest

Sunday, May 19th
2pm

OM Restaurant
4382 St-Laurent Blvd
Metro Mont-Royal

$ 20

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This year, Festival Accès Asie's must-attend Culinary Arts event takes you to Tibet to discover Tibetan cuisine with the Sisters Barshee from Théâtre Everest.

Enjoy a menu inspired by a typical Tibetan day from breakfast to dinner, not to mention traditional snacks and beverages. This workshop is open to all, allow participants to learn about Tibet’s regional food and their history.

Wheter you are a diner acquainted with momos or not, you will have a chance to get your hands into momo making and taste your own creation.

Expect a surprise artistic performance!

This activity accommodates 40 people so reservations are required.

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© Anouk PerreaultThéâtre Everest – Theatre Company

Theatrical company founded in 2016 by Chloé and Jade Barshee who share artistic direction, is primarily a family project. Born from a Quebec mother and a Tibetan father, the Barshee sisters have always felt a struggle at the very heart of their identity. Their theatrical practice is influenced by the current social context in Quebec, a contemporary society in which different cultural realities coexist and intersect. theatreverest.com

Jade Barshee ©Jonathan malenfantJade Barshee – Actress

An actress of wide-ranging talen, Jade Barshee trained at the Theater School of Cégep St-Hyacinthe, at Omnibus, with Danielle Fichaud, and at Studio 303 before pursuing a major in Theater Studies at UQAM. Jade is Théâtre Everest’swriter, its brain, the one who always asks too many questions and wonders why are we doing this? «Théâtre Everest is the opportunity to go into the void with your eyes closed and your fists clenched. It is to write without being judged, to discover our scenic language, to share ideas and to try them freely. It’s getting to know my sister even more deeply than I already know by heart and incidentally rediscover myself.»

©Jonathan MalenfantChloé Barshee – Actress

After graduating of the UQAM theater school in 2014, Chloé Barshee co-founded Grande Surface with some of her classmates. No long after, audiences saw her performing on the stages of La Chapelle theater, Théâtre du Rideau-Vert in the production of Molière, and in Shakespeare and Me at the Zone Homa Festival. Chloé is Théâtre Everest’s set designer, its builder and conjure of the wildest of images, and the one who always pushes the limits of what is possible and wonder, how are we going to do this? «With Théâtre Everest, the creative process is a return to basics, to childhood, a great playground where anything is possible, where anything can happen, where an accident can turn into an extraordinary idea and where it does not matter. There are no good or bad moves because everything is creative.»

Du 1er au 30 mai 2019