ArtSounds 2015-16 Season is Announced!


ArtSounds enters its 10th anniversary season with collaborative performances by composers, performers, and visual artists. Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory 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 produce provocative events that explore media and music. In ArtSounds performances, vision informs hearing and hearing guides sight in this essential dialogue at the messy intersections of human experience.

Bird-like, September 8, 2015

Bird-like is an exploration of the human tendency to anthropomorphize, presented as a series of scenes featuring a variety of distinctive bird species from the Midwestern United States and featuring the work of Mark Allen, Cooper Ottum and Cara Strever.

As I See You, October 13, 2015

Composer Stacy Busch, spoken word artist Sarah Mundy, and video/sound artist Cody Kauhl create a performative event that bridges the gap between the concert hall and film theater. “As I See You” is a concert split in two halves that tells the same story twice with projected silent video, live performers, and spoken word. For more information, please visit:

Black Crack, November 10, 2015

In keeping with the social design of Beyond the Black Crack (recorded 40 years ago in Epperson Auditorium), this new work creates a communally shared space with composer/performer/audience equality. Collaborators include current/former KCAI students Sebastian Thomas, Will Bradley and Frances Maley, KCAI faculty member Dwight Frizzell and the director of Gamelan Genta Kasturi, Patrick Conway.

Celestial Meta, February 9, 2016

Celestial Meta is a collaborative audio-visual performance that depicts the various interactions between light, nature, and humans with the sky. Collaborators for this project include composer Ted King-Smith, video artist Cody Kauhl, electronic music composer Eli Hougland, and improvisation groups Mnemosyne Quartet and Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes (EIO).

Blackbird, March 8, 2016

This collaboration includes film by Caitlin Horsmon, choreography by Gary Abbot and original music composed by Mara Gibson, inspired by Wallace Steven’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”

Dormez Vous, April 13, 2016

Dormez-Vous is an interactive sound and video installation in which all the technological components of the audio delivery system take on science-fiction architectural features. Collaborators include Yann Aguirre, Stuart Becker, Will Andree and Nick Turner.

Creative Collaborations Class CONS438, April 26, 2016

Program to be determined.


All ArtSounds performances take place at 7:30 pm in Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall on the Kansas City Art Institute campus, unless otherwise noted.  

ArtSounds performances are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949