Sound Space: Musical Outsiders

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The Blanton Museum of Art says
Inspired by the exhibition "Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard," this installment of SoundSpace features output by musicians who worked outside the mainstream. Highlighting insurance salesmen, soldiers, scientists, architects, and autodidacts, this program will examine how these varied backgrounds led to experimentation and new musical approaches.

Highlights of the program include a performance by singer/composer Corey Dargel, who's been praised as “the prince of postclassical song" and "one of contemporary music’s brightest lights" by Time Out New York, and "a baroquely unclassifiable" composer of "ingenious nouveau art songs” by The New Yorker; line upon line percussion ensemble performing the work of Iannis Xenakis; Austin Symphony Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Molly Emerman performing player piano works by Conlon Nancarrow; a screening of James Greeson’s documentary, Conlon Nancarrow, Virtuoso of the Player Piano; and a performance by Steve Parker of rare works for double-belled euphonium and trombone by Phill Niblock—an economist and self-taught composer celebrated for his photographs of legendary New York jazz musicians, and for his association with the Sonic Arts Union.

The program also includes Ingebrigt Haker-Flaken of Austin/Norway and Damon Smith, Sandy Ewen, and Danny Kamins of Houston, presenting "Music For Meatyard", inspired by Meatyard’s Sound Motion photo series and his interest in the poetry of William Carlos Williams and concrete poetry; analog synth duos from Rick Reed and Tara Bhattacharya of Austin; Travis Weller presenting a new solo piece for hand made string instruments and custom electronics; performance artist Jason Phelps; and free jazz from Dallas-based trio anteroom, presenting works inspired by Meatyard’s record collection.
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By: The Blanton Museum of Art

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