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    Lou Reed Tai Chi Day

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon / Lou Reed Tai Chi Day
    Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts extravaganza will grace our Bandshell screen. Prior to the film, come to enjoy activities as part of the first annual Lou Reed Tai Chi Day.

    SAT, AUG 3, 2019
    6:00PM Gates / 7:00PM Show

    COST: FREE
    LOCATION
    Prospect Park Bandshell
    9th Street & Prospect Park West
    Brooklyn, NY 11215
    United States



    The plot of CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON, Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts extravaganza set in in 18th century Qing Dynasty China, swirls around the theft of a mythical blade called Green Destiny. The theft sets in motion several events, which sweep up the sword’s owner, Wudang master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-fat), along with Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh), another Wudang master and the woman he loves but can never have; the preternaturally talented Wudang neophyte Jen Yu (Zhang Ziyi); and the murderous and treacherous Jade Fox (Cheng Pei-pei). The film is among the most visually exhilarating adventure-dramas ever made. It won over 40 awards, and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning for Best Foreign Language Film (Taiwan), Best Art Direction, Best Original Score (by Tan Dun) and Best Cinematography.

    Before the film, as part of the first annual LOU REED TAI CHI DAY, his teacher Master Ren Guang Yi and Tai Chi practitioners will demonstrate Chen style forms accompanied by Lou Reed DRONES, an immersive sonic work featuring Reed's guitar feedback and special guests Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Sarth Calhoun, Stewart Hurwood, and others.

    Additionally, there will be a demo of Chen and other Tai Chi styles earlier in the day at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, including an introductory event at 8AM and Tai Chi instruction outdoors on the Library Plaza from 9-11AM.



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    The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.

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    Lrtcd

    Brooklyn Public Library to Stage Inaugural Edition of Festival Honoring Lou Reed and Tai Chi
    BY Annie Armstrong POSTED 07/02/19 4:33 PM


    Lou Reed.
    COURTESY BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

    This August, the Brooklyn Public Library will host the first edition of a new annual event: International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day, which is presented in collaboration with the late musician’s widow, artist Laurie Anderson. The library will exhibit Reed’s personal collection of tai chi literature, weapons, and other paraphernalia, in a show of objects hand-selected by Anderson beginning July 29. A tai chi demonstration led by Reed and Anderson’s teacher, Master Ren Guang Yi, will be held in Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell on August 3.

    Reed was a vocal proponent of the ancient Chinese martial art, which he practiced for more than three decades. For 12 of those years, he studied with Master Yi, whose demonstration will be open to students at any level of experience. Yi’s demonstration will focus on the Chen-family style, the oldest of the five forms of tai chi, and will be set against an immersive sonic work featuring Reed’s guitar feedback titled DRONES. A screening of the Ang Lee film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), which puts martial arts choreography front and center, will follow the event.

    The day will also include several other demonstrations, talks, and meditations at the library. Simultaneous celebrations are planned for Berlin, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

    If you can’t make it to the Brooklyn event or the celebrations in other cities, you can, at least, enjoy some full-color footage from a Velvet Underground performance from 1969 at a war protest that has just been released. It features Reed performing “I’m Waiting for the Man”, “Beginning to See the Light”, and “I’m Set Free.”
    I just realized August 3rd is also the Eagle Claw Cup International Wushu Tai Chi Invitational in the SF Bay Area. What is it with all the conflicting dates in our area this year?

    I'm actually in dialog with the organizers of LRTCD. More to come.
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    Press release

    Hi Everyone -

    We are pleased to announce International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day on Saturday, August 3rd! To celebrate, we will be hosting events at Brooklyn Public Library and with Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell. More info below. Both events are free and open to the public.

    BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY (day long event, beginning at 8:30 AM)

    Featuring demonstrations, classes, and meditations with practitioners from multiple Tai Chi disciplines, the celebration will include the first-ever public display of Lou Reed’s personal collection of Tai Chi literature, weapons, films, and more.

    More info here

    CELEBRATE BROOKLYN (doors at 6:00 PM, show begins at 7:00 PM)

    ...as part of the first annual LOU REED TAI CHI DAY, his teacher Master Ren Guang Yi and Tai Chi practitioners will demonstrate Chen style forms accompanied by Lou Reed DRONES, an immersive sonic work featuring Reed's guitar feedback and special guests Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Sarth Calhoun, Stewart Hurwood, and others. Additionally, there will be a demo of Chen and other Tai Chi styles earlier in the day at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, including an introductory event at 8AM and Tai Chi instruction outdoors on the Library Plaza from 9-11AM.

    More info here

    Thanks,

    Canal Street Communications
    Below is the first hyperlink. The second one above in a previous post.

    Brooklyn Public Library In Collaboration with Laurie Anderson Launches Inaugural International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day

    Tuesday, July 2, 2019
    Featuring demonstrations, classes, and meditations with practitioners from multiple Tai Chi disciplines, the celebration will include the first-ever public display of Lou Reed’s personal collection of Tai Chi literature, weapons, films, and more.

    July 1, 2019 – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) announced today the launch of International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day, taking place on Saturday, August 3 at BPL’s Central Library. In partnership with musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson and her late husband’s estate, the event is inspired by Reed, a Brooklyn native, and his decades-long practice of tai chi and its principles. Brooklyn Public Library serves as the flagship event for International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day, with simultaneous celebrations slated to take place in Paris, Warsaw, Berlin, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. to share Reed’s love of the martial art form.

    BPL’s day-long event will feature demonstrations, classes, and meditations celebrating the many disciplines of tai chi. Events are open to all levels and backgrounds, with the main demonstration led by Master Ren GuangYi, Reed’s teacher for over 12 years and Anderson’s teacher to this day. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a 30-minute meditation exercise inside the Central Branch lobby. Demonstrations and discussions on the art of tai chi will follow from 9 to 11 a.m. on the Central Library Plaza.

    At BPL’s Central Library, beginning on Monday, July 29, prior to International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day, selections chosen by Anderson from Reed’s comprehensive collection of tai chi-related books, films, and weapons will be on display for the first time ever. The display will feature materials and research used in a forthcoming project dedicated to Reed’s passion for the martial arts form. Reed, a tai chi master, was an avid practitioner of the art form for more than 30 years and believed deeply in its power to change one’s life physically and spiritually.

    International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day expands BPL’s commitment to redefining libraries as centers for ideas and exploration by connecting leading authors, scholars, and artists to Brooklyn and the greater New York Community. BPL is dedicated to providing high-quality educational, economic, and artistic enrichment to the 2.6 million individuals who make Brooklyn home, through programs like these combined with essential library services like English classes, tech workshops, and citizenship groups.

    International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day will culminate in the evening at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Beginning at 6 p.m., Master Ren GuangYi and tai chi practitioners will demonstrate Chen style forms accompanied by Lou Reed DRONES, an immersive sonic work featuring Reed's guitar feedback, and special guests Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Sarth Calhoun, Stewart Hurwood, and others. The demonstration will be followed by a screening of the 2000 Academy Award- winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
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    Bklyn Library to Host Int. Tai Chi Day in Honor of Lou Reed
    The day-long event is inspired by the late artist’s decades-long practice of the martial art, its principles and transformative power
    by Andrea Leonhardt July 19, 2019in Featured News, Lifestyle & Culture, Prospect Heights


    Lou Reed was a decade-long practitioner of tai chi. Photo credit: Brooklyn Public Library

    Brooklyn Public Library is hosting the inaugural International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day on Saturday, August 3 at its central library branch.

    The event, organized in partnership with Reed’s wife, musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson, is inspired by the late artist’s decades-long practice of tai chi and its principles. The Brooklyn native was an avid practitioner of the art form for more than 30 years, became a tai chi master and believed deeply in its power to change one’s life physically and spiritually.

    Originally developed for self-defense in ancient China, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

    The day-long event will feature demonstrations, classes and meditations celebrating the many disciplines of tai chi, with the main demonstration led by Master Ren GuangYi, Reed’s teacher for over 12 years.

    The day will begin at 8:30am with a 30-minute meditation exercise inside the lobby, followed by demonstrations and discussions on the art of tai chi on the Central Library Plaza from 9:00am to 11:00am.

    In the evening, the International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day will culminate at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Beginning at 6:00pm, Master Ren GuangYi and tai chi practitioners will demonstrate Chen style forms accompanied by Lou Reed “Drones,’ an immersive sonic work featuring Reed’s guitar feedback and special guests Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Sarth Calhoun and Stewart Hurwood. The demonstration will be followed by a screening of the Academy Award-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

    Leading up to the International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day, BPL will display a curated selection of Reed’s comprehensive collection of tai chi-related books, films and weapons, objects that will be on display for the first time ever.

    BPL’s event serves as the flagship event for International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day, with simultaneous celebrations slated to take place in Paris, Warsaw, Berlin, San Francisco and Washington D.C. to share Reed’s love of the martial art form.

    Events are open to all levels and backgrounds — no experience is necessary to participate, in keeping with Reed’s belief that everyone can benefit from the Chinese martial art.
    I've had to step out of this because I've been seized by an eagle (and maybe a toad too ).
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    This weekend!

    Lou Reed Tai Chi Day to celebrate Brooklyn artist's life, legacy


    Legendary NYC musician Lou Reed, pictured here in 2009 on a city rooftop, studied Tai Chi for decades. Photo Credit: Laurie Anderson

    By Ivan Pereira
    ivan.pereira@amny.com @IvanPer4
    Updated July 31, 2019 4:32 PM

    Iconic musician, songwriter and poet Lou Reed may have been best known for his work with The Velvet Underground, but the late Brooklynite was — and is — highly respected for his dedication to Tai Chi.

    For over 30 years, Reed spent hours each day practicing the martial art, and even more time studying different teachings. Musician Laurie Anderson, widowed by Reed's death in 2013, said his passion was contagious, spreading to herself, other musicians and fans alike.

    "I remember he worked with Metallica. They were so impressed with Lou and how he always had this calmness. They wanted to know, and he said it was Tai Chi," Anderson said.

    This Saturday, hundreds of Tai Chi practitioners will gather in his native borough to honor his legacy with a day of activities that aim to encourage peace and serenity. Lou Reed Tai Chi day will begin at 8 a.m. with guided meditation in the Brooklyn Public Central Library's Grand Lobby, followed by sessions in the plaza outside led by Ren Guang Yi, Reed's master for the last 12 years of his life, who will teach Chen style forms.

    Meredith Walters, of the Brooklyn Public Library, said Master Ren immediately signed on to help with the event, not hesitating to help continue the musician's mission to teach the martial art to as many people as he could.

    "Lou believed anyone could do Tai Chi, and he wanted to get it out to everyone as possible," she said.

    Guests who attend the library's event will also be given access to some of Reed's personal collection of Tai Chi-related items. Practice weapons, out-of-print books on Tai Chi practices and some of his notes that were loaned by the Lou Reed Archive at the New York Public Library and Anderson will be on display in the library, according to Walters.

    "You can look at his library under glass and then you can go to a pop-up section and take out the latest edition and learn more about Tai Chi," she said.

    The event, which has over 600 RSVPS as of Wednesday afternoon, will continue in the evening at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Master Ren will lead another Tai Chi session set to Reed's guitar music. The day will end with a screening of the 2000 movie "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

    Other cities around the world, including San Francisco and Paris, will also hold their own Lou Reed Tai Chi Day Saturday, but Anderson said the Brooklyn events would be special because the borough is filled with a uniquely diverse set of Tai Chi practitioners that has welcomed newcomers. She said Reed would have been humbled to have seen the crowds.

    "I don’t think he got a chance in life to appreciate how much people loved him and his work," she said. "I think he would have been thrilled about this, but he also would have been shocked."


    By Ivan Pereira
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    Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories.
    Hope they can make this an annual event. Lou would be so proud. He truly loved Tai Chi. He was so passionate about it.
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    A success

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    ‘When Lou Did Tai Chi, He Was Looking for Magic’: Laurie Anderson Hosts Lou Reed Martial Arts Session at Brooklyn Library
    BY Annie Armstrong POSTED 08/07/19 12:51 PM


    Master Ren Guang Yi, Lou Reed’s personal teacher for over 12 years, leads participants in a tai chi demonstration on the plaza of Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch, as part of the first annual International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day.
    COURTESY GREGG RICHARDS

    Bright and early this weekend on the northwest corner of Prospect Park, tai chi enthusiasts, tattooed hipsters, unassuming passersby, and old friends of the late Lou Reed congregated at the front steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. It was 9 a.m. on a sunny Saturday morning, and around the world, people were celebrating the inaugural Lou Reed Tai Chi Day. The Brooklyn edition of the event was planned in collaboration with Reed’s widow, the artist Laurie Anderson, who smiled peacefully over the crowd with her signature spiky hair as she led a morning meditation. Simultaneously, away from Reed’s hometown of New York, celebrations were ongoing in Berlin, Warsaw, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

    “It gives me a lot of power and grace,” Anderson told ARTnews over the phone, when speaking of the ancient Chinese martial art. “This is a very challenging time to be living. I don’t know how you’re doing in all this, but I need to get balanced every day. I feel very off-balance in many ways. So to have something that gives you a lot of physical confidence is really amazing.”

    The event was led by Reed and Anderson’s teacher, Master Ren Guang Yi. Dressed in all black, he kicked off the day by leading the crowd through a tai chi form he invented specifically for Reed, called the 21-form, a “short form” of the Chen-family style, which is “more meditative [and] less dramatic or presentational,” Anderson explained. “Chen is pure power.”

    The steps in 21-form are fast-flowing and minimal—Ren designed it for when Reed was on tour. “Notice the combination of hard and soft, of fast and slow,” Master Ren coached as participants cycled through different arm movements which were very slight. At first the exercises felt simple, but as the flow continued a warm pulse moved through the arms and back. As the city bustled in its usual chaos around the outdoor event, those participating were reminded of the fierce power in slow movements.

    “This is relaxed athleticism,” Master Ren explained.

    Reed began practicing tai chi in the 1980s, and Anderson joined him in the 1990s, around the time they met. Reed began by practicing the more athletic Wu style, which often employs tai chi weapons. The couple, who would eventually marry in 2008, began practicing the Chen Wu style with Master Ren after Anderson introduced him to Reed in the early 2000s. Several artifacts from Reed’s 30-year practice of tai chi are in display in the library, such as his broadsword.


    Laurie Anderson leads participants in a guided meditation in the lobby of Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch, as part of BPL’s first annual International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day.
    COURTESY GREGG RICHARDS

    “He was changing a lot at that point anyway, but I did see a big change in Lou [when he began practicing with Master Ren],” Anderson explained. “We were really trying to change ourselves. And he did.”

    The event was scored by ambient music, from a sound installation presented by Anderson titled “DRONES,” which uses feedback from Reed’s guitars that are placed against amplifiers by Stewart Hurwood, Reed’s guitar technician. The humming guitars provided a bubble of protective sound around the event, like everyone was in a womb and hearing a heartbeat.

    “He’s amazing,” Anderson said of Hurwood. “He’s able to work with all of the opening tunings and harmonics that Lou did. So it’s kind of like Lou being on stage.”

    The programming turned into demonstrations of other forms of Chinese martial arts. The Shen Shing Men Pai form of kung fu was demonstrated by a group from Nyack, New York, and Yang, Wu, and Chen styles of tai chi were performed with paper broadswords and fans. Some of the performers in Master Ren’s class had trained directly with Lou in a partnered tai chi style, Reed’s preferred method, as shown in this video.

    Currently, Anderson and Master Ren, along with others who practiced the art with Reed, are compiling a book of Reed’s writing on the martial art, titled The Art of the Straight Line. The book is slated to be completed next year.

    “I have so few projects that are consistently so thrilling,” Anderson said. “It was a big influence [on my art practice], and it was a big influence on Lou, too. When Lou did tai chi, he was looking for magic.”
    The Lou Reed Tai Chi Day team shared some private photos with me. Looked very interesting.
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    Winter 2020

    1st International Lou Reed Tai Chi Day
    Submitted by Stephan Berwick with contributions by Haobo Zhao (New York) and Maciej Magura Góralski (Poland)



    WINTER 2020
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    2nd to last meme for the WINTER 2020 issue

    I'll post the last one tomorrow.



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    Lou Reed Tai Chi Day

    Moving on to our SPRING 2020.
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    From Lou's facebook

    Lou Reed's
    MY TAI CHI

    The Art of the Straight Line


    

invite you to join them in a webinar 
to celebrate
    the 
Second Annual Lou Reed Tai Chi Day
    and to talk about how to focus Tai Chi practice during the pandemic.

    SUNDAY OCTOBER 25th
 1 - 2 PM

 (EDT)
    WATCH LIVE ON YOUTUBE

    with special guests:
    Iggy Pop - Martial artist and godfather of punk

    Tony Visconti - Martial artist, music producer and musician

    Yamuna - Pioneer of mind and body wellness

    Elinor Greenberg - Martial artist and psychologist

    Ramuntcho Matta - Artist, mystic and Tai Chi instructor


    Master Ren - Lou Reed’s Tai Chi teacher and a grandmaster of Chen style Tai Chi
    Interesting...
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    YouTube link

    Live in 2 days
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    Set reminder
    Lou Reed Tai Chi Day Webinar
    3 waiting•Scheduled for Oct 25, 2020

    Lou Reed Archive
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    That was amusing.


    Watch Iggy Pop and Laurie Anderson take part in Lou Reed Tai Chi Day livestream event

    Reed was a student of Tai Chi for more than 30 years

    By
    Rhian Daly
    25th October 2020

    Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson CREDIT IMAGE: Getty Images
    Iggy Pop and Laurie Anderson took part in a special Zoom webinar for a Lou Reed Tai Chi Day livestream.

    The second annual Lou Reed Tai Chi Day is taking place today (October 25), marking the late New York musician’s 30-year study of the practice.

    Anderson hosted the event and was joined by several guests throughout the webinar, including producer Tony Visconti, Reed’s Tai Chi instructor Master Ren Guang Yi and more.

    Pop joined the stream towards the end for an interview about his own experiences with Tai Chi and writing ‘We Are The People’ from a poem by Reed. The track appeared on his 2019 album ‘Free’.

    “Along came the book of Lou’s poetry and I opened it and it was right there in the front,” he said of the poem. “I just got a lot of emotion because it was just how things are and it still makes me angry. I don’t want to spend all the time being angry but that was what I saw.

    Skip to 1:17:20. Laurie gives me a nice shout out.
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