Ciné-Concert: Broken Blossoms with AppalAsiaMonday, July 6, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Immerse yourself in the original live score of D.W. Griffith’s film Broken Blossom (1919). Music and percussion performed in real time by Appalasia’s Mimi Jong, Jeff Berman, and Sue Powers.
Broken Blossoms depicts a story of critical social issues that result in a grief-stricken tragedy. It touches on the hardships a Chinese immigrant encounters in London. It depicts racism, abuse, discrimination of gender & religion, and oppression and violence against minorities.
Nevertheless, the austere condition doesn’t stop the protagonist’s search for beauty and love. The message of the story is a metaphor for expression of freedom and arts. Tragically, the root causes which inhibit freedom of speech are embedded in the fabric of society.
Since the founding of AppalAsia in 2009, they have followed their passion for artistic collaboration between different cultures and disciplines, beyond race, religion and gender.
Jeff Berman, dulcimer: is a multi-instrumentalist, improvising artist, and composer whose work reflects his global musical vision. A native of New York City who now lives in Pittsburgh, he has developed a genre-extending concept on mountain dulcimer, vibraphone, and percussion, that has allowed him to collaborate across stylistic boundaries with a diverse group of artists
Mimi Jong, erhu: Mimi has a diverse musical background acquired from growing up in Indonesia, being educated in Germany, and immigrating to the United States. Since age eleven, she has been performing on the erhu, an ancient, Chinese, two-string, bowed instrument. By moving beyond tradition and embracing the erhu’s versatility, Mimi has performed with jazz, folk and classical musicians, conducted educational workshops, and performed at music festivals.
Susan Powers, banjo/vocal: is a founding member of the group Devlish Merry, where she pioneered the use of the five-string banjo in Celtic music. The group has released three recordings featuring her playing, singing and song writing. Powers has adapted her unique ‘claw hammer’ style to blues, rock and pop music, and is acknowledged as a songwriter whose personal imagery evokes the Pennsylvania landscape.