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  • Music for the Afterlife

    Workshops & Activities, Performances, and part of Family Fun Day, Tomb Treasures

    Mar 19

    Free with museum admission

    2—3 PM

    North Court

    Performances at 12 and 2 pm.

    During the special exhibition Tomb Treasures, local instrument inventor group Pet the Tiger will team up with Gamelan Encinal, a musical ensemble, for a presentation featuring three centuries of instrument building. Custom-built instruments by musician Bart Hopkin, designed with the same tuning as the Han dynasty Bianzhong bronze bells, create a contemporary “orchestra” (or “gamelan”).   

    Each performance features percussion and wind instruments in rearrangements of traditional gamelan melodies, the graphic score of “Yantra Meditation” by local composer David Samas, and new compositions for special guest artists. 

    On March 19, local instrument inventor Peter Whitehead performs haunting melodies for voice and overtone flute. 

    Guests of all ages are invited to join the orchestra by building their own instruments from everyday objects in the Education Studios: You can construct a soda straw oboe or boba straw pan pipes that can be tuned to the ancient scales of the bronze bells. 

Lead Sponsor

Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Nanjing Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation, Diane B. Wilsey, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, United, Barbara and Gerson Bakar, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Warren Felson and Lucy Sun, Angela and Gwong-Yih Lee, Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson, and Brayton Wilbur Foundation. Media sponsors: San Francisco magazine, Sing Tao DailyWorld Journal.

Sponsor

Major support for Family Fun Days is provided by the Estate of Dorothy J. Bakewell. Additional support is provided by The Charles D. and Frances K. Field Fund, Douglas A. Tilden, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, The Joseph & Mercedes McMicking Foundation, Dodge & Cox, and The Morrison & Foerster Foundation.


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