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Mar 252015



Intersection is a new Nashville ensemble that specializes in 20th and 21st century contemporary music, and they’re performing for the first time on Thursday, March 26th. More from the Intersection program notes:

Original choreography, artwork and a stage that blurs the lines between the audience and performers. Transfiguration is Intersection’s debut performance and will redefine the traditional concert experience. Featuring works entirely from contemporary composers, Transfiguration showcases classical music’s next chapter alongside local art organizations New Dialect and Zeitgeist Gallery. And with nineteen musicians from across the nation, the evening is a carefully curated atmosphere that for one night only devotes Nashville’s finest to the craft of avant-garde music and art for listeners of all ages.

Intersection presents Transfiguration
Thursday, March 26th, 7:30 p.m.
@ The Platform, 1500 2nd Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37210

Jan 282014
Zack Hall @ 444 Humphreys

Zack Hall @ 444 Humphreys

February’s Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston is this Saturday in the neighborhood I call home, and it looks to be one of the best yet.

444 Humphreys St will have an opening reception for a new video installation by Zack Hall. Zack is a talented director, editor, and cinematographer. He’s the force behind the Belcourt Theatre‘s repertory film trailers and ingenious pre-show shorts for the midnight series. (Case in point: This brilliant Jurassic Park pre-show short.) Zack also provides visuals for Space is the Place nights at the Stone Fox and cuts the trailers for The Light and Sound Machine at Third Man Records.

444 Humphreys is the pop-up porch space (and by a stroke of luck the street address) at a location which also houses the Julia Martin Gallery and Cleft Studios. The Julia Martin Gallery will be open with work from Julia, David Kenton Kring and other artists.

Down the street at 467 Humphreys, the Infinity Cat Recordings office is having an open house. The Nashville label behind bands like JEFF the Brotherhood, Be Your Own Pet and PUJOL hardly ever opens to the public. Don’t miss your chance to see the Orrall family’s curious collection of art & memorabilia.

At 425 Chestnut Street, OVVIO ARTE will feature the work of Veta Cicolello and at 9 p.m. the music of the aptly-named Music Band.

At 500 Houston St, Fort Houston will exhibit an ongoing print show, featuring work from Grand Palace Silkscreen, Kangaroo Press and Boss Construction Design Screenprint.

At 516 Hagan St, Zeitgeist Gallery will continue a painting and photography show featuring work by Megan Lightell, Terry Rowlett, and Peter Alan Monroe.

If you’re a Facebook user, you can find more info about the event at the Arts & Music @ Wedgewood/Houston Facebook page. Check the individual gallery links to find out specific opening and closing times.

There’s also good stuff happening at the First Saturday Art Crawl at the Arcade.

arts & music at wedgewood/houston map

Nov 132013
Rodger Coleman shows off the Stan Link score he will play Thursday

Rodger Coleman shows off the Stan Link score he will play on Thursday

Composer and Blair School of Music professor Stan Link returns to Zeitgeist Gallery‘s Indeterminacies program on Thursday, November 14th. He’s joined by moderator Mark Volker and pianist Rodger Coleman, both Indeterminacies alumns.

Indeterminacies is a series of performances at Zeitgeist Gallery organized by Lesley Beeman and Lain York. It’s based on John Cage’s idea about creating processes with no predetermined outcome, welcoming the unexpected and learning from the accidental.

In a recent video blog, Rodger Coleman discusses the upcoming performance. The relevant bit starts at 1 minute 40 seconds, synced-up here if you want to check it out. Rodger says that he will be performing a score for piano that Stan wrote while still a student in Vienna. At the time, Stan was studying under Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, a pioneer in the compositional technique known as graphic notation. For this piece, Stan invented his own graphical notation that maps the movement of the fingers. In the score sheet that Rodger is holding in the picture above, the lines refer to specific fingers. The dots represent when the fingers move in time. Rodger discusses the challenges of translating such a score into something musical in the video blog.

There may other compositions on Thursday’s docket, but we’ll just have to wait and see. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Stan Link appeared previously at Indeterminacies in 2011 and 2012. Theatre Intangible recorded the 2011 performance and released it as a podcast here. We also recorded Mark Volker’s 2011 Indeterminacies performance, available here. Rodger Coleman performed with Sam Byrd at a 2012 Indeterminacies.

Indeterminacies with Stan Link, Rodger Coleman and Mark Volker
Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

@ Zeitgeist Gallery
516 Hagan Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203

Sep 272013


There are TWO must-see shows tonight in Nashville, TN. At 7 p.m. at Zeitgeist Gallery, Joo Won Park will foley everyday objects like bananas and spatulas and process the sounds through the real-time audio synthesis program SuperCollider. At 9 p.m., Boheme Collectif will host the latest installment of the experimental/electronic art and music showcase Future Night. More on the latter in the next post.

I’ve been incredibly excited about the Joo Won Park Indeterminacies show ever since Zeitgeist’s Lesley Beeman turned me on to the artist’s YouTube channel a few months back. Check out the below videos to get an idea of what exactly Joo Won does.

Indeterminacies is a series of performances organized by Lesley Beeman and Lain York. It’s based on John Cage’s idea about creating processes with no predetermined outcome, welcoming the unexpected and learning from the accidental.

Here’s the description from the Facebook event page:

Joo Won Park (b.1980) wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, kitchenware, vegetables, umbrellas, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also produces pieces made with with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from listening Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his 2-year-old son’s play, and other soundscapes surrounding him. He has studied in Berklee College of Music and the University of Florida, and currently serves as an assistant professor of music at the Community College of Philadelphia. Joo Won’s music and writings are available on ICMC DVD, Spectrum Press, MIT Press, and PARMA recording.

John Latartara was the very first performer signed up for Indeterminacies. (Theatre Intangible recorded it. That podcast is available here.) He’s coming back to moderate the discussion portion of the program.

As always this event is free and open to adventurous and inquisitive people.

Saturday morning, Joo Won will teach two FREE workshops at Fort Houston (organized by Zeitgeist Gallery). Here are the details:

Composing Soundscapes

Free Event
September 28, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“This class is for musicians, non-musicians, tech-savvy and luddite alike. You will learn the fundamentals of composing music using sampled sound from the environment. Materials: Bring a recording device (portable recorder, phone, laptop, or what have you) and a playback device with good speakers. Leave your preconceptions at home.”

Intro to Music Coding with SuperCollider

Free Event
September 28, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

“In this workshop/demo, instructor Joo Won Park will go over the basics of coding sound with SuperCollider. SuperCollider is one of the most powerful and versatile sound synthesis freeware available for electronic music composers. It is a tool to understand fundamental digital signal processing techniques as well as a platform to experiment with new compositional and synthesis ideas. SuperCollider can be used to build interactive performance systems and generate algorithmic compositions. To get the maximum benefit from the workshop, please download SuperCollider at www.audiosynth.com to your laptop. The program is available for PC, Mac, and Linux. This class is for electronic musicians, sound artists, music-oriented programmers, and music technology enthusiasts.”

Reserve your spot at the workshops at the Fort Houston classes page.

Indeterminacies: Joo Won Park with John Latartara
Friday, September 27th, 2013, 7 p.m., free show

@ Zeitgeist Gallery
516 Hagan Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37203