Ran­dom Acts

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - Shang­hai Nights!,

The a cap­pella group Prana; harpist Máire Ní Chatha­saigh and gui­tarist Chris New­man; Shang­hai Ac­ro­bats; and Raven Cha­con’s Hun­tress Quar­tet

The five mem­bers of the a cap­pella group Prana sing kir­tan, or devotional mu­sic, that stills the mind and body — the kind of mu­sic of­ten heard in yoga classes. Prana, which is also the San­skrit word for breath, blends a va­ri­ety of cul­tural in­flu­ences and styles into the quin­tet’s chant­ing and singing, from Western folk and choral mu­sic to Tu­van throat-singing and the tra­di­tional mu­sic of East­ern Europe. Baird Hersey, who formed Prana in 2000, is a Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts Com­po­si­tion Fel­low and the author of The Prac­tice of Nada Yoga: Med­i­ta­tion on the In­ner Sa­cred Sound (In­ner Tra­di­tions, 2013). Hersey and the other mem­bers of Prana sing at Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.) on Sun­day, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20, are avail­able at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gigsantafe.com. — Jen­nifer Levin Máire Ní Chatha­saigh is Ire­land’s fore­most harpist, named Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian of the Year in 2001 at the TG4 Gradam Ceoil (Tra­di­tional Mu­sic Awards). Chris New­man is con­sid­ered an English mas­ter of acous­tic gui­tar and is known for his vir­tu­os­ity in nu­mer­ous styles, from folk and jazz to comedy. Both be­gan play­ing mu­sic in early childhood and went pro in their teenage years. They have been play­ing, record­ing, and tour­ing as a duo since 1987, when they made their de­but to­gether at the Cam­bridge Folk Fes­ti­val. Their part­ner­ship has brought them to 22 coun­tries on five con­ti­nents and has pro­duced seven al­bums that move between slow, melo­di­ous tra­di­tional mu­sic and faster, al­most dance­able tunes in­fused with blue­grass and hot jazz. Chatha­saigh and New­man play at Gig Per­for­mance Space (1808 Sec­ond St.) on Fri­day, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20, are avail­able at the door. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gigsantafe.com. — J.L. A lit­tle boy dreams he sees a beau­ti­ful fairy phoenix fly out over the sea. He runs into the water to fol­low her, nearly drown­ing, but he is saved by the phoenix. To­gether they fly up to the sun and then down to a fan­tasy world un­der the sea. Singing birds, fly­ing hats, clowns, and other crea­tures en­ter­tain the boy, but the “evil ones” lurk in the shad­ows, keep­ing watch in or­der to seize con­trol of the fairy phoenix. This is just the be­gin­ning of the new­est pro­duc­tion of the Shang­hai Ac­ro­bats of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China. The en­sem­ble formed in 1959 and is con­sid­ered one of China’s pre­mier acro­batic troupes, with feats that in­clude tram­po­line arts, jug­gling, con­tor­tion, and mar­tial arts. Pre­sented by Per­for­mance Santa Fe, the Shang­hai Ac­ro­bats ap­pear at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) on Thurs­day, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 to $100, avail­able at www.per­for­mance­santafe.org or www.tick­etssantafe.org. — J.L. Navajo mu­si­cian Raven Cha­con is a mem­ber of the in­dige­nous col­lec­tive Post­com­mod­ity and was cho­sen as a com­poser in the Kronos Quar­tet’s Fifty for the Future pro­gram. He’s also an ed­u­ca­tor who vis­its Na­tive com­mu­ni­ties and re­cruits high­school students to en­gage in col­lab­o­ra­tive com­po­si­tions. Six of these works are in­cluded in SITE Santa Fe’s bi­en­nial ex­hi­bi­tion much wider than a line, and one is per­formed by Cha­con’s Hun­tress Quar­tet at 6 p.m. Thurs­day, Oct. 6, at the Ar­mory for the Arts The­ater (1050 Old Pe­cos Trail). The mu­si­cians are Jessica Bil­ley and Rosie Hutchin­son, vi­o­lins; Heather Trost, vi­ola; and Ariel Mu­niz, cello. Tickets for this event are $10, $5 for students, se­niors, and SITE mem­bers. They are avail­able at www.site­santafe.org or at the door; call 505-989-1199. — Paul Wei­de­man

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