12 Characters

© Zodiac piano, Parker Mah, 2011

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© Zodiac piano, Parker Mah, 2011

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12 Characters

Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7 pm

Parker Mah - piano, keyboards, compositions and videos
Martin Heslop - double bass
Moïse Yawo Matey - percussion instruments
Anh Phung - transverse flute
Sarah Linhares - vocals

Tickets on sale at OBORO ($10)
as of May 1, 2012
From Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
You can also call 514 844-3250 (credit card only).
No ticket reservation.

In collaboration with
Festival Acces Asie
Artistic Director: Janet Lumb
Acces AsieJeunes Volontaires


Come and discover this dual series of original portraits based on the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, inspired by jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams seminal 1945 album The Zodiac Suite. Woven together as a continuum of aural and visual vignettes, these oblique yet concise portraits borrow much from tradition while remaining flagrantly modern. By layering current experiences over past histories, 12 Characters becomes a potent living statement on mixed self-identities and the diverse qualities that unite us, presented through video projections and live musical performances.

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Parker Mah

Parker Mah was born in Vancouver in the year of the Rooster. A trained jazz pianist, he also counts photography and multimedia installations among his creative endeavors. His artistic involvement in the Asian community began with the New Voices Project, aimed at promoting the distinct cultural identity of the new generation of young Asian-Canadians. He is now based in Montreal and is currently working on a documentary about the identity of young Sino-québécois.