ArtSounds will kick off its eighth year of collaborative performances by composers, performers, and visual artists with the 2013-14 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.
For the 2013-14 Season, ArtSounds presents:
GENERATIVE WORLDS features music produced by non?human intelligence—the rotation of the zodiac above the performance space, voices in 75 million year old chalk from Western Kansas, and the translation of Charles Darwin’s Tree of Life charting the branching flow of evolution. Time is a fluid in our collaborative compositions orchestrating woodwinds, gongs, drums, voice, video and multi-channel soundscapes. Millions of years compress into a single chortle, a bell ring is time-stretched into a long singing tone. Sounds moves forward and backward in time like seed pods. Objects dissolve into an audible flow.
The World Woodwind Duo (Thomas Aber and Dwight Frizzell) hosts the program featuring an adaptation from Michael Henry and Dwight Frizzell’s Darwin opera. Musical guests include Robert Carl, Patrick Conway and Rhondda Francis.
The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City will perform newly composed music scores to accompany the screening of three short films by stop-motion animation pioneer Vladislav Starevich. The films to be shown are "The Cameraman's Revenge" (1912), "The Frogs who Desired a King" (1922) and "The Mascot" (1933).
The melodious cacophony of The People’s Liberation Big Band meets the whimsical stop-motion animation of Vladislav Starevich.
The music for the films is composed by Brad Cox and Jeffrey Ruckman. The musicians performing the scores included such fixtures of the Kansas City music community as Jeff Harshbarger, Roger Wilder, Rich Wheeler, Matt Otto, James Isaac, and Mike Stover.
MicroChromatic featuring the work of Michael Miller
November 12, 2013, opening 6:00-10 pm. Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th St.
Collaborators: Michael Miller, Carmen Moreno, Brad VanWick, Eric Souther, Daniel Goggin, Russell Thorpe, Eli Hougland.
MicroChromatic is an interactive performance installation exploring the relationship between various modes of sensory perception. Participants will experience fifteen minutes of total sonic and visual immersion inside the optochamber - a compartment specifically designed to merge the separate senses by attempting to nullify the boundaries between them. Seating is limited, so please reserve your free tickets via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Brian Padavic and Marisa Mackay present: A Tale of Two Rabbys, a theatrical drama combining opera with modern dance. The musical fabric of Brian Padavic is an eclectic tapestry woven from contemporary concert music, jazz, progressive rock, minimalism, and free improvisation. The composer, with the text written by Jennifer Leigh Coates, created the fable of Tabby the Mad Rabby, a lonely rabbit who rises to kingdom but falls from grace. Dance choreography by Marisa Mackay-Smith will be performed by the dancers of The Smith Project. Costumes by Emily Kenyon.
Composers Alex Shapiro (Friday Harbor, WA) and Paul Rudy (KCMO), separated by thousands of miles, connect the ancient sea floor of Kansas with the contemporary Sea top of the San Juan Islands. Music moves from the deep, submerged places of both, as the sun rises toward a shallow surface and upward to the endless sky of day and night. Inland and edgeland share unlikely similarities through indigenous grasses of the plains and the shoreline, both ebbing with the presence, and longing absence, of water.
Anne Boyer's neo-benshi: Telling the Screen Our Way
April 8, 2014, 7:30pm. Epperson Auditorium.
Drawing from the performance genre of film-telling, sometimes called neo-benshi, collaborators will tell the screen their way, providing alternate voiceovers to existing footage. Originating in the Japanese figure of the Benshi, a performer who interpreted silent films in lieu of intertitles, film-telling
developed its North American form in the Bay Area experimental literature scene of the early 2000s and combines a variety of approaches to filmed material: lip syncing, critical exposition, homophonics, alternate dialogue, lyric meditations, and more. The event will include performances by Dana Ward, Emily Kissner, Jordan Stempleman, Cyrus Console, and Anne Boyer
Consus: An Exploration of Planet and Identity
April 29, 2014, 7:30pm. La Esquina.
Dealing with themes of exploration, discovery, isolation, companionship and personal growth, Consus: An Exploration Of Planet And Identity, examines the nature of human existence in the universe through the lens of classic Sci-Fi. The original score by Monte Taylor positions the audience in an emotional landscape while the video work by Elizabeth Howe fixes the landscape into reality, creating a new world for their characters to develop and mature while inviting the audience to bare witness.
[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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A Day in the Park – March 12, 2013, 7:30pm, Epperson Auditorium at KCAI
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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.