MELANIE EDEN

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Melanie Eden and the Epic Chant

This campaign is to raise funds for my study of Pansori in Seoul, South Korea with my teacher Bae Il Dong.

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Pansori is a form of musical storytelling proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Your support will go directly to my accommodation and tuition fees for three months study with Bae Il Dong, who has been teaching and practicing Pansori for over 30 years.

For many Koreans, Pansori is the vocalisation of ‘han’ – an inherent characteristic of Korean culture; a sorrow caused by heavy suffering, injustice or persecution, a dull lingering ache in the soul. While suffering is not a uniquely Korean experience, ‘han’ is an expression that has no direct translation.

I want to continue studying Pansori because I know it ignites the human spirit. It not only teaches me how to go to the root of my ‘han’ and sing, but it unifies and heals those listening.

Australia is a beautiful country, yet suicide is the number one killer of youth, and I feel it is really important that we offer expression for the deep hurt that is felt by so many people so that those feelings can be recognised, acknowledged and accepted for healing.

My desire to heal comes from a very personal place- When I was a child, I was abused. I have tried to commit suicide twice, and I became mentally unwell for many years; turning to drugs and alcohol. I feel thankful I found a way to express myself.

I use my art to stand up against the oppressing forces of today by expressing an alignment with nature. We do not need to be afraid of exposing our vulnerability, and I’ve been inspired to make music that raises awareness and gives voice to those who feel voiceless.

Once my training is completed, I will continue facilitating art projects with communities and advocating mental health through experiential education and arts therapy. I feel privileged to be connecting two cultures and want to continue playing an active role in preserving wisdoms and connecting people throughout my life.

I appreciate any support given and look forward to connecting. If any one wants any questions answered in regards to the campaign, Pansori study, or my artistic practice feel free to get in touch by emailing.

You can read more about Pansori here:

http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/RL/pansori-epic-chant-00070

and my teacher, Bae Il Dong here:

http://cargocollective.com/melanieeden/Bae-Il-Dong

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I’m a multi-disciplinary artist and curator from Sydney. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Music: Musical Theatre at the Australian Institute of Music in 2010.

I ventured to London to pursue West End and instead grew into the solo performance artist I am today. In early 2012, I wrote a one-women show and performed in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. After which I went AWOL living in political occupancies engaging in auto-didactic studies for a pivotal 7-months.

In 2014, I studied at the MIECAT Institute in Melbourne, earning the Graduate Diploma in Experiential Learning and Creative Arts Therapy whilst working in performance/experiential theatre/community engagement advocating mental health ‘Kalori Music Group’ @ Manly Hospital, ‘I just couldn’t tell’ @ PACT, ‘Wonder Full’ @Culture at Work , Communicative Action’ @ Avalon Art Carnival, ‘Minecraft: The Musical’ @Shopfront, ‘Our Space’ with City West Housing.

Music has a continued to be a through line for me. In April 2016, I went on a memorable tour with Splinter Orchestra recording in Lake Mungo National Park and playing at the Tectonics Festival in Adelaide. From May- Dec 2016 I trained with the legendary Pansori Master Bae Il Dong in South Korea and made my first professional recording with New World Music. I’m currently singing in 3 Sydney based bands and highlights of 2017 have been playing at The Now Now Series and Life Groove Café.

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