KCAI and UMKC announce spring ArtSounds schedule

26 January 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 26, 2011) –– The Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance announce the spring schedule of ArtSounds performances. ArtSounds is celebrating its fifth year of collaborative performances by composers, performers and visual artists.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. An additional performance at 7:30 p.m. April 26 will take place at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St.

Entitled “Angels and Demons at Play,” the Feb. 8 performance is an interdisciplinary work involving dance, shadow puppets, electronic visual media and live music provided by members of Gamelan Genta Kasturi.  The music includes Gamelan Orchestra original compositions and use of western instruments. The performance focuses on the exploration of the interplay of positive and negative energetic forces using the vehicle of traditional Balinese dance drama, masked dance and shadow puppet theater as points of departure for the collaborators to create an original multi-media creative work. Collaborators include Patrick Alonzo Conway, Penelope Hearne, Kalen Compernolle, Tuesday Faust, Dwight Frizzell, Allan Winkler, Emily Kissner, Rachael Shair, Gamelan Genta Kasturi and City in Motion Youth Group.

Composer Daniel Eichenbaum of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, poet Jordan Stempleman of the creative writing department at KCAI and poet Timothy Pettet will present “Remember Life Before the Cell Phone” as the March 8 ArtSounds performance. The performance is a celebration of interconnectedness, promising music, poetry and surprises.

“Memory of the Future,” which takes place April 12, is a collaboration between video artist Joan Grossman and composer David D. McIntire. The performance explores uncanny and imaginary intersections between the natural world and that of human technology. Grossman is a media artist and scholar whose work spans documentary filmmaking, video installation, Web-based projects and writing. McIntire is a composer, teacher and scholar. In 2010 he launched Irritable Hedgehog Music, a publisher and label with a focus on minimalist and soundscape compositions.

The April 26 performance features students from Mara Gibson’s collaboration class consisting of conservatory and KCAI students. Gibson is the director of the Community Music and Dance Academy at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. The performance will be held at La Esquina.

ArtSounds is a series in which composers, performers and visual artists join together to present performances. Initiated by faculty from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making.  Faculty partners from each institution produce provocative events that explore a maximum breadth of means, methods, media and music: art sounds and music sees. All events are free and open to the public.

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.

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For more information, contact Lauren Tobin, ltobin@kcai.edu or 816-802-3532