Elsewhere's Southern Constellations Artist-in-Residency Invites Audience to Become Performers
8:45am Jul 18, 2013
Southern Constellations is a National Endowment for the Arts funded curatorial project now in its first season at Elsewhere, Greensboro’s living museum. The fellowship program brings six dynamic artist teams from across our region for special residencies at Elsewhere that explore experimental art in the South. Composer, soprano saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, educator, and arts organizer Andrew Raffo Dewar is the fourth of six Southern Constellations fellow artists to work on site at Elsewhere.
The Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts in New College and the School of Music at the University of Alabama has spent the past two weeks at Elsewhere creating a graphic and tactile score entitled “Material Music.” Last week it was performed by audience members, and we sample from it in today's show.
When you think of Western Classical Music, you might picture a series of dots and lines on a page. But for decades composers have experimented with graphic notation. Early American examples include Earl Brown’s “December 1952”: an abstract image of lines interpreted by musicians, and John Zorn’s 1970s “Theatre of Musical Optics” presented found objects in time to create “music without sound”. Dewar continues this type of experimentation with his work at Elsewhere.
You can hear Andrew Raffo Dewar's graphic score "Material Music" performed by local musicians at Elsewhere on Friday night, July 19th at 8:00 pm. And tonight from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm it’s a meet and greet at Elsewhere with Atlanta-based Southern Constellation fellow conceptual artist Nikita Gale.
*We've posted pictures of Dewar's graphic scores, and we want your participation as well! Grab your friends, some instruments, and record your own interpretation of Andrew’s music. Send the audio from your performance to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post it on our website. In the meantime, Elsewhere is an amazing place. Go check it out.