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Fundraiser Concert for the Victims of the Haiyan Typhoon
(Published: December 12, 2013)

...tired of Christmas muzak'
...don't have a present for your friend yet'
...trying to find meaning in Christmas'

Typhoon Haiyan wiped out multiple Filipino towns and left over 2 million people in need of food and shelter. One can only imagine how their Christmas will be like this year. For this one of a kind celebration, musicians from all corners of New York City will join forces to raise money and awareness of this tragic disaster and send out a gift to the people in need.

The Pookestra (directed by Carolin Pook) and the Downtown Avengers (curated by Fung Chern Hwei) follow the same musical vision of gathering adventurous improvisers with different musical backgrounds to create a beautifully coherent sonic experience. Every member of the Pookestra will be featured as a soloist with their favorite Christmas song, and the Downtown Avengers -as always- will take the audience on a wild journey to wherever the music leads them.

Experience the power of a Christmas song in a whole different way...
Escape from the rampant shopping crowds and bitter cold of NYC!
Buy a ticket and give it to your friend ~
...and celebrate Christmas in its true spirit

$20 (all proceeds will be donated to the victims through Mercy Corps)

Shapeshifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (Between 1st and Carroll Str, off 4th Ave- Park Slope)
R-train (Union Street Station), Atlantic/Pacific Barclay Center Stop)
Parking is available on the same street. Nearest parking garage is on
Union St (cross street is 4th Ave)

- Rise of the Downtown Avengers -

Fung Chern Hwei /violin
Min Xiao-Fen / pipa
Lola Danza / voice
Gina Izzo (RighteousGIRLS) / flute
Sylvain Leroux / fula flute
Vasko Dukovski / clarinet
Shoko Nagai / piano, electronics
Satoshi Takeishi / drums,percussion
Gregor Huebner / violin
Pauline Kim Harris / violin
Conrad Harris / violin
Carolin Pook / violin
Jeremy Harman / cello
Tyler Gilmore / electronics
Michael Bates / double bass

- the Pookestra -
a different x-mas music

Carolin Pook / arrangments, musical direction
Fung Chern Hwei / violin
Jen Herman / viola
Brian Sanders / cello
Christof Knoche / bass clarinet, flute, harmonica
Paul Orbell / electric guitar
Craig Akin / double bass
tba / electric bass
Jeff Gretz / drums

the Pookestra and the Downtown Avengers
+special guests
...sending out a musical prayer to the Philippines


Downtown Avenger Concept
The idea of "Downtown Avengers" kicked off when Mr. Fung and Ms. Chow wanted to get together and play a completely improvised set, while thinking it would make things more interesting if they invited more players to join them, without prior meeting or rehearsals. The result was a Downtown-star-studded spontaneous extravaganza that includes the likes of cellist Erik Friedlander, drummer/percussionist Stomu Takeishi, pipaist Min Xiao-Fen, bassist Ken Filiano and more, with the title "Gathering of the Downtown Avengers". Every player has his very unique image, individual sound and skills, that it almost echoes superhero characters from comic books, thus the title. Since then, Fung decided to turn it into a series and keep inviting different musicians to gather and play. In their second show held in Brooklyn's ShapeShifter Lab, they featured wonders like clarinetists Oran Etkin and Jeremiah Cymerman, trumpeter Stephanie Richards (Asphalt Orchestra, vice president of Festival of New Trumpet), among others.

More Information: http://www.shapeshifterlab.com/

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