Sight meets sound in IonSound Project's second program of the season, “From the Mundane to the Macabre.” Packed with world premieres, this concert represents the first installment of IonSound’s Leaving a Legacy project--a fundraising initiative to finance new compositions. The group will perform commissions by three Pittsburgh composers, Christian Kriegeskotte, Philip Thompson, and Nizan Leibovich. Each work on the program is inspired by, or created in collaboration with a visual art form as promised by this season’s theme: “aMuse, a Season of Inspiration and Entertainment.”
The range of inspiration spans from 16th century woodcuts to a brand new video collaboration. Christian Kriegeskotte’s Dances of Death explores the sonic possibilities of unusual instrument pairings, and are inspired by the wonderful miniature illustrations of 16th century German painter and engraver Hans Holbein. In stark contrast, Nizan Leibovich’s Schéhérazade - "...Elle vit apparaître le matin. Elle se tut discrètement" is inspired by the colorful and joyous papercut work by French painter and artist Henri Matisse. The title roughly translates to: "...She lived to see the morning appear. She discreetly fell silent", and evokes the intrigue and mystery of the compelling tale of Arabian princess Scheherazade that has influenced artists and composers for centuries. The third world premiere on the program, Kecow hit tamen, is a multimedia collaboration by composer Philip Thompson and artist Ryan Day which explores one of the popular legends surrounding the origins of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina—namely that they are descended from the Hatteras (or Croatan) and Raleigh’s Lost Colony. Thompson, whose father is a member of the Lumbee Tribe, based his instrumental and electroacoustic music on the few remaining words of Carolina Algonquian language spoken by the Hatteras, while Day used common images from Lumbee art to create a multi-layered digital animation. Kecow hit tamen can mean either "What is this? or "What is your name?"
A visual collaboration between Rob Frankenberry’s new arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and a presentation of musically inspired artwork by students from the Falk School completes the program. IonSound musicians will visit with the students in the preceding weeks to encourage them to create artwork that focuses on two main ideas--recreating their own versions of Hartmann’s existing artwork, the inspiration behind Pictures at an Exhibition and replicating the experience of viewing an exhibit through video. Join us on Sunday, November 20th at 7:00 pm at Bellefield Hall Auditorium in Oakland for this exciting program!