Location: St. Maurice Church, 605 St. Maurice Ave. New Orleans, LA
Date: October 26, 2014 - January 2015- A Prospect.3 International Art Biennial Event
New Orleans Airlift presented Space Rites, a wildly diverse concert series, at the deconsecrated St. Maurice Church in the Lower 9th Ward. Inside artist Taylor Lee Shepherd's interactive sound installation, Altarpiece, made from over 50 rewired televisions, formed a giant, sound-responsive altar. Tatsuya Nakatani and his Gong Orchestra, comprised of eleven local musicians, created a hallowed sound that got the oscilloscope tv's buzzing. Weather Warlock, C -Section 8 and Mountain of Wizard brought down the house with smoke filled sets and epic soundscapes.
In traditional Airlift style there were a number of collaborations, including the Lower 9th Ward Senior Center Choir who were joined by the Murmurations Choir, a youthful ensemble singing polyphonic harmonies. Guitar giants Nels Cline, of Wilco, and local avant powerhouse Rob Cambre, were mesmerizing in their first ever collaboration. While the Bitchin Bajas' (Chicago) dreamy drone accompanied a photo retrospective of legendary musical moments culled from years of punk shows by Guggenheim-award winner, Bill Daniel.
The final performance brought members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra brass section into collaboration with the Van Hahn Lion Dance team from New Orleans East. This traditional Vietnamese dance team features two-person performers in Lion costumes alongside drummers. Guggenheim-award winning modern composer Yotam Haber created a piece especially for the performance entitled Space Rites 6.