Eyebeam and PERFORMA05 co-present the premiere of Screen Play, a new work by visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, consisting of a video and three live musical ensembles. Marclay created the video to serve as a score to be interpreted live by a series of invited ensembles.
Marclay was the recipient of the 2005 Moving Image Commission, creating the video score Screen Play in Eyebeam’s Production Studios. The projected element of Screen Play is a combination of found film footage overlaid with computer animation. Marclay chose footage suggesting certain visual rhythms and emotions, which he then worked to accentuate or underscore elements with overlapping computer graphics. The resulting video- reminiscent at moments of a silent film and at others of a flight simulator- becomes the visual score for musicians to interpret live. Musicians leading ensembles during this premiere will include composer and electric harpist Zeena Perkins, multi instrumentalist Elliot Sharp and the electronic trio TOT- (Tim Barnes, Toshio Kayiwara, and Okkyung Lee).
Zeena Parkins with Christine Bard, Min Xiao-Fen, and Jim Pugliese
Multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer Zeena Parkins leads an ensemble including Bard, Xiao-Fen and Pugliese. Parkins is not only one of the pioneers of the electric harp but a composer with a unique vision of how to meld acoustic and electric processes. Recent collaborations include work with Bjork and commissions for choreographers Neil Greenberg, John Jasperse and British visual artists, Daria Martin and Mandy McIntosh. Currently Zeena is also collaborating on a multi-channel installation of her piece $Shot with sound artist Doug Henderson.
Experimental composer/percussionist Christine Bard has performed her own music in concert in Europe and in the USA, including NYC downtown venues and Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. Her solo percussion scores for such choreographers as Nancy Zendora, Wendy Osserman and Hope Clark have toured festivals in Korea, Brazil, USA, Canada and Russia. Her own groups include Easside Percussion (on Avant) and the post-ambient electronics group, ELX.
Pipa player / vocalist pioneer Min Xiao-Fen, currently based in New York, is internationally known for her adventurous and fluid style, initially learned from her father, Min Ji-Qian, a professor and pipa master at Nanjing University. She worked as a soloist for the famed Nanjing National Music Orchestra from 1980 to 1992. After arriving in the United States in 1992, she began working with composers Zhou Long, Carl Stone and Chen Yi, and recorded The Moon Rising (Cala), and Spring, River, Flower, Moon, Night (Asphodel). She has featured with the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the vocal ensemble Chanticleer, the San Diego Symphony and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, among others
Born in Newark in 1952, Jim Pugliese is a drummer, percussionist and composer working in improvisation, world music and experimental music. Pugliese studied percussion with Raymond Des Roches performing and recording with John Cage, Lukas Foss, Kent Nagano, Philip Glass and Carlos Chavez. He spent twelve years as a member of Dean Drummond’s Newband and The Harry Partch Ensemble, studying and performing microtonal music, as well as studying with Master Drummer Pablo Landrum, and Nii Tettey Tetteh, a master musician from Ghana. Recently he has worked with many of New York’s experimental music scene and he has established himself as both performer and composer throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. In 1998 Jim was selected as Artist in Residence at Harvestworks, NYC, where he recorded his solo CD Sonic Soul, which he counts among 60 other CDs that include his music.
Elliott Sharp pioneered the use of fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors in his algorithmic compositions as well as the use of computers in his improvisation and performance. A composer/multi-instrumentalist/sound-artist, Sharp has collaborated with influential artists and musicians of many genres as well as producing his own sound sculptures. In addition to creating soundtracks for feature films, Sharp has produced numerous CD’s including his most recent, "Radio Hyper-Yahoo" [zOaR], a collection of collaborations with writer/performers.
TOT Trio- Tim Barnes, Toshio Kayiwara, and Okkyung Lee
Tim Barnes’ drum and percussion work transverses a varied musical terrain. From the 90's as a member of the free folk outfit Tower Recordings to conceptual textural electronic music with Dean Roberts. In 2000 Barnes produced a cd of solo percussion music called All Acoustics. Since then he has traveled and performed extensively in Asia and Europe playing with a range of free players and rock musicians.
From central Tokyo, turntablist Toshio Kajiware, studied photography before beginning in the 90’s to perform improvised music. His obsession with obscure music led him to collaborate and perform extensively. Currently he is a producer for his own label and event series entitled "phonomena.”
A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee used her classical training in cello as a springboard from which to incorporate jazz, sounds, Korean traditional music and noise with extended techniques. In addition to participating in TOT Trio, solo performances, and leading her own ensembles, she collaborates with artists, dancers and choreographers. Her latest album is titled Nihm (TZA 7715) and was produced by John Zorn's Tzadik label.
Established in April 2004 by performance art historian RoseLee Goldberg, PERFORMA is a nonprofit interdisciplinary arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. The organization is founded on a commitment to education, history, and active investigation, bringing diverse audiences, artists, curators, and educators together in new and innovative ways. PERFORMA will commission new performance projects in visual arts, establish a dedicated performance biennial, and provide year-round educational programming for expanding knowledge and understanding of this critical area of visual art and cultural history. Each biennial will include the premiere of a major commission, new visual art performance produced by PERFORMA, performance-related film and video programs, and related educational programming. http://performa-arts.org/
Screen Play is made possible with support from Eyebeam’s Moving Image Commission and Highbrow Entertainment.