Work in progress for the in tow project, performed September 2, 2015 at Open Studios at the Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva Island, FL.
Performed by Zeena Parkins and Jennifer Monson
This is the first time we put this material together and it combines 4 set pieces
with 4 improvisational score. It does not show evidence of the kind of
production values we would bring to the lighting, costumes, and other
technical aspects of the work. It is also missing the contributions of the
other collaborators. Zeena and I created a process of tracing photographs
of tide lines along the beach to generate rhythmic patterns. We used these
rhythms to develop 5 short pieces. We decided on a limited palette,
designating particular rhythms/sounds/movements/spatial states as our
focus. Zeena uses every part of the harp to give the music specific and
unorthodox pitches and tones and often adds objects to prepare the harps or
to activate the strings. She is highly gestural: whether sitting/standing,
moving around the harp or playing it from behind. She also created a drum
machine utilizing lowed pitched sine waves generated from an oscillator.
The tide tracing rhythms were generated in the computer and played back
through a speaker placed under the drum head, that excited the snare drum
to ‘ play itself ’. Jennifer pares movement down to work inside
of the rhythms with particular body parts as well as internal and external
arrival points in the body. This is juxtaposed with sensed improvisational
states. These compositions are never performed exactly the same way twice
but have distinct and recognizable characteristics
(harmonically/texturally/gesturally) and in that way, movement and music
components juxtapose/co-exist/fit together like a puzzle.