Classical Composer Daniel Asia at the CJL December 8, 6-7:30pm
We are very pleased to welcome composer Daniel Asia to the CJL on Thursday, December 8th from 6-7:30 to perform his work and discuss the influence of Judaism in classical music.
Dinner will be served and will be free for upperclassmen and graduate students.
Breath In a Ram’s Horn: The Jewish Spirit in Classical Music
This unique one-man show by composer, conductor, professor, and Jewish activist, Daniel Asia, is a fascinating mix of his award winning Jewishly-inspired classical music and Jewish wisdom. In a spirited introduction, Asia presents his understanding of the relationship between the worlds of Jewish prayer and music, and how both are roads to approaching the Divine. Then, in a deep and interactive guided-listening process, Asia leads the listener into the heart of some of his major Jewish works.
Along the way, we encounter not only music which has been acclaimed for its richness, deep melodic appeal, and structural clarity, but also wisdom from the Jewish tradition which we can draw upon today. This program has much to teach us about a life lived with meaning, about music and spirituality, about joy and love, and about Art and Torah.
Asia grew up in Seattle, WA, playing trombone, guitar, trumpet, recorder, and studying and praying at Temple Beth Am. At Hampshire College, he studied Music, History, and the Holocaust, and was part of the nucleus that shaped Jewish Life on campus. While at the Yale School of Music, he was at the center of Jewish activism in New Haven. Upon his move to New York’s Upper West Side thereafter, he became a founding member of the influential Minyan Ma’at. After extended residencies in Berlin and London, as the result of receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Fulbright awards, and a five-year tenure at the Oberlin Conservatory, Asia has been head of the composition department at the University of Arizona, Tucson.