Sunday, October 11 @ Plaza Del Sol Concert Hall at The Valley Performing Arts Center
ALEX CLINE’S FLOWER GARLAND ORCHESTRA – OCEANS OF VOWS
in honor of the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh on the occasion of his 89th Continuation Day.
100% of the profits from this event will be donated toward the cost of Thich Nhat Hanh’s current intensive rehabilitation program at UCSF Medical Center following his stroke last November.
Percussionist-composer Alex Cline leads an all-star 13-piece ensemble including his twin brother, acclaimed guitarist Nels Cline, in the premier of his full-concert-length work “Oceans of Vows,” dedicated to famed Vietnamese Zen Buddhist teacher, scholar, author, poet, and peace activist the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh in honor of his 89th Continuation Day (or what would be his 90th birthday as it’s measured in most traditional Asian cultures), which is October 11, the date of the concert itself. Combining Western and traditional Chinese stringed instruments, electric guitars and keyboards, and a multitude of percussion instruments from around the world, and crowned with the arresting voice of vocalist Areni Agbabian, the piece creates a rich and expansive universe of sound in which short excerpts from the ancient Mahayana Buddhist text the Avatamsaka Sutra (or Flower Garland Scripture) and thematically related contemporary poems of Thich Nhat Hanh are set, reflecting the truly cosmic nature of the sutra, which poetically unveils and explores the thoroughly interpenetrating, interconnected, and interdependent nature of reality. This performance is made possible by a grant from the Shifting Foundation.