ArtSounds will kick off its seventh year of collaborative performances by composers, performers, and visual artists with the 2012-2013 Season. Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. Co-directors Mara Gibson and Paul Rudy set the stage for concert events outside the box and inside the mind's eye and the eye's ear.
Faculty partners from each institution work as conspirators from vision and sound to produce provocative events that explore media and music, demonstrating how art sounds and music sees. In ArtSounds performances, vision informs hearing and hearing guides sight in this essential dialogue at the messy intersections of human experience. ArtSounds performances are free and open to the public.
[D] Constructions – April 23, 2013, 7:30pm, La Esquina
Students of CONS 438
[D] Constructions is a multimedia installation unveiled through video and live construction.
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Past ArtSounds Performances
Dina Von Zweck, Jorge Sosa and Mauricio Niebla
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A Day in the Park is a multimedia project involving poetry, music, and video art. The piece is a collaboration between New York based artists and Kansas City performers. “A Day In the Park,” describes a day at Zuccotti Park during the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. Dina Von Zweck’s poetry vividly captures the mood of the protests and depicts a poetic vision of the site and the people who were present. The video images are assembled from footage taken at the site, placing the audience in the middle of the protest. The listener may be tempted to read the stanzas as if they were separate poems...but best to read the Work and hear the unity and flow instead of separateness...unity and flow as a musical progression..."as in a rhapsody or tone poem, modulating from theme to theme, often changing key and tempo, falling into reveries and rising toward moments of climax, but always preserving its unity of feeling as it moves onward in a wavelike flow..."There is no real "logic" to the Work....other than the descriptions of a passionate "witness”, who observes and gives to the audience a spiraling continuum, without interruption.
Two Chamber Operas – February 12, 2013, 7:30pm, Epperson Auditorium at KCAI
Ryan Oldham and Nihan Yesil
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Numera, by Ryan Oldham, is a children's opera about two shapes (Triangle and Square) that live peacefully in an imaginary land, but this peace is interrupted when a third shape (Circle) arrives. Since there is no libretto for Numera, audience members will draw their conclusions about the plot based on sound, gesture, and staging. In Pondery, an opera for shadow play by Nihan Yesil, let the shadows lead you to the deepest corners of your imagination; you may just find what you're looking for.
John Chittum, Andrew Seager Cole, Brad Van Wick, and Bobby Zokaites
Christina Vantzou and Verdana Valley Mini Chamber Orchestra – October 9, 2012, 7:30pm, Epperson Auditorium at KCAI
Christina Vantzou is an artist, musician, and composer. She was born in Kansas City, attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (1997-2001) and moved to Brussels, Belgium in 2003 where she currently resides. In recent years sound has become a key aspect of her artistic identity. Christina’s first solo album, Nº1, is a meticulously pieced together neo-classical score made from synthesizers, her own voice, and a homemade library of orchestral samples. The score was transcribed by Minna Choi for a 7-piece ensemble and recording sessions were held in San Francisco with Magik*Magik orchestra. This final chamber layer was neatly tucked into a lush and ethereal bed of dream-like sound to complete the album. At Art Sounds Christina will present her project for the first time with a 9-piece ensemble. In live performances Christina employs experimental conducting techniques such as graphical notation and notation in time. Video projections from Christina’s film Nº1 will accompany the ensemble.
Goldberg Variations – September 11, 2012, 7:30pm, Epperson Auditorium at KCAI
Jennifer Owen and Kairy Koshoeva
Pianist Kairy Koshoeva and dancer/choreographer Jennifer Owen present a collaborative concert featuring selections of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach performed with dance. By presenting Bach's masterpiece with contemporary dance, it is the artists' goal to allow audience members to experience the Goldberg Variations with new ears and eyes. Over the past centuries musicians have made distinct artistic choices about how to interpret the Goldberg Variations in performance. The choreography, created for five dancers, will carefully reflect the structure of the music, thereby enhancing the listeners' experience of the intricate patterns and harmonic progression of Bach's work.
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