DRAWING SOUND – Opening Reception and Musical Performance

August 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
36 Tinker Street

DRAWING SOUND is an exhibition and live performance of graphic scores by artists Marilyn Crispell, Jo Ganter, and Raymond MacDonald. It is an active collaborative venture between music and visual art, serving the multi-disciplinary intent of the Woodstock Byrdliffe Guild’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts.

Gradations of Light is a suite of seven images co-authored by Marilyn Crispell and Jo Ganter. Crispell is an internationally known pianist and composer living in Woodstock, NY. Ganter is a highly regarded visual artist and printmaker from Scotland, where she is on the faculty of the University of Edinburgh. These two artists have collaborated to create images referencing times of day (Morning, Midday, Twilight, etc.) which are then interpreted by musicians to create musical compositions. The images can be enjoyed on a purely visual level as beautiful abstract works of art, while also serving as conventional musical scores.

Running Under Bridges is a collaboration between Scottish musician and composer Raymond MacDonald and printmaker Jo Ganter. They have co-authored this series of original prints and musical compositions, which continue to expand the possibilities of images as conductors of sound, and sound as a compositional tool for images. While Gradations of Light is a symphony in silver greys, black, and white, Running Under Bridges is a concert of wildly vivid colors and patterns. In addition to these two series, the exhibition at the Kleinert/James will also include original scores by John Cage, Anthony Braxton, and others, which serve as testimony to the longstanding history of collaboration between visual artists and composers.

Excerpts from both series of compositions will be performed live from 5:00 – 6:30 pm during the opening reception, which begins at 4:00 pm on August 26. The performance will include Marilyn Crispell, piano; Raymond MacDonald, saxophones; George Burt, guitar; David Rothenberg, clarinets and laptop electronics; and Doug James, drums. The artists will also conduct a workshop on Sunday, August 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm in which participants will create their own hand drawn scores which the musicians will then translate and perform. This workshop is free and open to people of all ages, and everybody is welcome to bring their own art materials.

A 36-page catalogue will be available.

Curated by Oscar Buitrago, Kerrie Buitrago, and Melinda Stickney-Gibson. This exhibition is generously sponsored by The University of Edinburgh and The Hope Scott Trust Fund.