Commissioned by the Old Town School of Folk Music, for its 55th Anniversary/New Building. (March 2, 2012)
Site specific performance - Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music.
Nora Barton, violin; Dalia Chin, flute; Noé Cuéllar, accordion; Nomi Epstein, voice;
James Falzone, clarinet; Billie Howard, violin; Jonathon Kirk, trombone; Kenn Kumpf, voice;
Becca Laurito, percussion; Matthew Oliphant, french horn;
A Human Sound Sculpture- a sound installation celebrating the Old Town School’s expansion and 55th anniversary, combines elements of the folk tradition and experimental music in a performance of live musicians with choreography and spatialization of sound.
Taking the Old Town School’s new logo as its starting point, the performers of A Human Sound Sculpture form a circle with three openings. The circle formation’s long history in the folk tradition used for song, celebration, play-game, and dance, reflects a non-hierarchical sense of community.
The Old Town School demonstrates these three areas of the folk tradition. Felt by the students, faculty and staff, all members are treated with respect and kindness, and with an appreciation for their contributions to the musical community. A Human Sound Sculpture will adhere to these attributes- Supporting, Teaching, Following -through both its choreography and cyclical sound exchange.
The three openings in the circle (similar to the two openings of the OTSFM logo) allow for new players to enter with their sound contribution while others leave, reforming and redeveloping the circle and sound world by its shifting personnel. The continuously changing personnel of the circle mirrors the continuously changing elements of a folk song passed down over time. Through these transformations, variation occurs, ultimately creating new versions of original initiatives.
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