These are some clips from my first masters recital at Northwestern University.
I decided to tie this recital around a concept, while also implementing some multimedia components. My central concept was Color. After working, thinking, and listening to the pieces, I assigned each one a color. I then asked my friend, Mike Knish, if he would make a video, of whatever he liked, that exhibited the colors for each piece.
He decided to film colored baking soda as he poured vinegar over it. The result was a color eruption. This video begins with a few shots of his videos. Before each piece, Mike's video with the respective color was projected onto the wall of the recital hall. I also had the piece's color attached to my music stand.
In addition, Mike filmed a short stop-animation video of myself to welcome the attendees as they entered the hall. You can find that here on my Vimeo as well.
The goal was to create a unique recital experience. To try and depart from, what can feel like, the mindless rituals of recital performances. It wasn't perfect, but it was a great experience and a valuable artistic endeavor.
Video: Craig Bjorklund
Sound: Justin Woodward
Editing: Keith Bjorklund