August 22, 2017
The premiere concert featuring the solo horn project with visual accompaniment is swiftly approaching! The event will take place on August 31 at MOCA Tucson — tickets are available here! Here is more about the artists and the pieces they are creating:
Born in 1994 in Taiwan, Shiang Hwang is an illustrator who tells stories through visual images using traditional and digital media. She recently graduated from the University of Arizona, and won awards at the 2017 UA Illustration and Design Exhibition. Shiang and I worked together to create a story for the piece Concert Etude, which she has brought to life with animated illustration. The story unfolds as the wind blows a magical hat off a man’s head. Follow him through a desert scene as he tries to catch it!
Christine Rogers is a photographer based in Nashville, where she teaches photography at Belmont University. Recent highlights include a two-person show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile and a Fulbright Scholarship for a project in India. Christine is fascinated by our everyday scenes and actions and embraces them as magical. Her piece is based on Sea Eagle, which centers on water and wind. But like Arizona and many urban centers, Nashville has no access to the sea. Fortunately, there is one place we can all go to find wind and water – the car wash.
Robert Jaime, a native of Arizona, started his career in digital media, producing music videos, short films and commercials. He has worked as a broadcast designer and art director at television stations in Tucson and Phoenix. Robert’s piece is based on the movement Interstellar Call from the larger work From the Canyons to the Stars… by Olivier Messiaen.
Messiaen was commissioned to write the piece by New York arts patron Alice Tully. He traveled to Bryce and Zion Canyons in Utah and based the piece on that experience. He was a devout Catholic, and the music is filled with the rich symbolism and imagery of his faith. Robert and I worked together to create a visual representation true to Messiaen’s score using images of canyons, birds, and skies. Carl Bowser and James Karrer have shared their incredible nature and bird photography for Interstellar Call.
Carl Bowser was introduced to the camera early in life and it became constant companion in his 40-year career as a geologist and educator. His images are inspired by the reality of the world, striving for the camera to become invisible.
James Karrer, Principal Double Bass of the Tucson Symphony, grew up in Worthington, Ohio, where his family embraced the musical and photographic arts and exploring the natural beauty of America. His interest in birding and bird photography was sparked by friends and colleagues of the orchestra and Tucson Audubon.
Finally, there are two artists collaborating on my crowdfunding campaign. Amy Dunn of Red Collar Press is designing the t-shirts, which celebrate new music.
Anne Gordon Fritz is an artist based in New Mexico who has created three silk scarves based on the pieces above: Concert Etude, Sea Eagle and Interstellar Call. Each scarf is a one of a kind piece of art. See them here; they are truly stunning! If you are interested in helping me reach my goal, please click here!