Whence the Heart
Thursday, October 29, 7 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Aga Khan Museum
77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario

$30 regular, $20 Seniors & Working Artists, $10 Students & Unemployed

This event is presented by the Office of Dean & Vice Principal Academic University of Toronto Scarborough.

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Lee Pui Ming and Mary Ganzon perform a new work inspired by their Buddhist practice. This will be followed by Denise Fujiwara Dance and her creation of “Eunoia,” an award-winning book of poems by Christian Bok.

Fujiwara will lead an Artist’s Talk about the intersections of Buddhism and art.

Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation

– See more HERE

oct 26, sunday, 2pm
st.andrew-by-the-lake anglican church on toronto island
rough idea presents double bill:
lee pui ming, solo

The Path Home
Friday December 12, 2014 @ 8 pm
$25/$15 Students and Arts Workers


An Evening of Celebration with Lee Pui Ming (piano), Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum), Rob Clutton (bass), Mary Ganzon (movement), Randi Helmers (voice/visual art)

Five extraordinary artists journey through the labyrinth in sound, song and movement.

Lee Pui Ming – improvisor, pianist, composer, biodynamic craniosacral therapist – integrates all of her curiosities in sound, movement and the healing arts into her investigations. Her latest compositions include “Life”, a 60-minute commission from Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance for string quartet; “she comes to shore”, a concerto for improvised piano and orchestra. She partnered with Dong-Won Kim (Korean drum, voice and movement) in an uplifting collaboration in this year’s Guelph Jazz Festival. Pui Ming has 6 recordings to date, and is the recipient of the Freddie Stone Award (2000) and the K. M. Hunter Arts Award (2005).

Dong-Won Kim is a Korean traditional percussionist, vocalist and improviser, also a member of Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Since 1984, Dong-Won Kim has studied various forms of traditional music, such as farmer’s drumming and dance, shaman music, Pansori accompaniment, and music theory from great Korean music masters. By participating in many intercultural projects, he has been devoted to sharing the profound beauty of Korean traditional culture and music with the world. Kim currently teaches music online as a professor of Wonkwang Digital University. He has also written several fairy tales for children and was featured in a music documentary film, Intangible Asset Number 82 (2009).

Rob Clutton is a composer/performer dedicated to diverse long term creative projects. His solo bass work includes two CDs on the Rat-drifting label: Dubious Pleasures and Suchness Monster. He has released two CDs of original compositions for small ensemble: Tender Buttons and Holstein Dream Pageant. The debut recording of The Cluttertones is in progress. Clutton has been involved in collective projects such as Clutton/Michelli/West, Handslang, This Moment, a bass duo with Pete Johnston, and a banjo/voice duo with Randi Helmers. Other current and ongoing projects include: Ryan Driver Quintet, Drumheller, Nick Fraser Quartet, Steve Koven Trio, NOJO, Mark Segger Sextet, and Titanium Riot. Rob has also performed or recorded with artists such as Jandek, Jazzstory, Eugene Martynec, John Millard and Happy Day, David Mott Quintet. Rob is a founding member of the Association of Improvising Musicians, Toronto. (www.robclutton.com)

A professional actor for 30 years, Randi Helmers recently played the role of “Mum” in the premiere of Alison Lawrence/McGuffin Theatre’s play, The Thing Between Us, at Theatre Passe Muraille. Theatre credits include: The Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw (Summerworks), Saint Carmen of the Main (Canadian Stage), The Way of the World (Souplpepper), The Danish Play( Nightwood) and seasons with the Stratford Festival, the National Arts Centre and Caravan Farm Theatre, among others. She has recorded and toured Canada with the folk/cabaret band, John Millard and Happy Day, and is currently in a duo for voice and banjo with composer/bassist Rob Clutton. Randi has performed her original Norwegian folklore cabaret for the Ottawa Art Gallery, NCC’s Winterlude Festival, and The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ottawa. Randi’s paintings have been exhibited at the National Arts Centre,Toronto Art Expo, the Queen West Art Crawl, Wychwood Art Barns and various nifty neighborhood cafes of Toronto. Randi has enjoyed many moments of improvisational wonder at Gallery 345, and is thrilled to be here tonight with this remarkable ensemble.

mary ganzon, movement artist, teacher, and craniosacral therapist finds it much easier to language through the vocabulary of sensations vs. the vocabulary of words. amidst the many studies of movement, performance, and the stillness of meditation, she dances accompanied by deep gratitude in meeting our nature.


Lee Pui Ming and Dong-Won Kim (Ontario/Korea)

Sunday, September 7th // 10:30 am
Guelph Youth Music Centre
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Hong Kong-born Lee Pui Ming has been called “the most unique genius to touch a keyboard in Canada since Glenn Gould.” Active in Toronto’s new music scene since the early 1990s, she is a pianist, vocalist and composer whose work combines contemporary classical music, jazz, and Chinese traditions. Percussionist, vocalist and composer Dong-Won Kim has studied various forms of traditional music, such as farmer’s drumming and dance, shaman music, and Pansori accompaniment. Devoted to “sharing the profound beauty of Korean traditional culture and music with the world,” he was a popular guest at last year’s Guelph Jazz Festival, bringing his sensitive and exuberant playing to several different contexts. Many different streams of music will converge and flourish in this collaboration between two instrumental masters.