New Music Co-op Presents: Music for Skyspace
NMC Composers provide a soundtrack for the sunset at James Turrell's Skyspace
Thursday April 14th 7:15pm
Austin is one of a select few cities with a Skyspace. A Skyspace, for the uninitiated, is a naked-eye observatory where visitors view the sky through an opening in the ceiling called an oculus. Since the 1970's artist James Turrell has been creating environments to observe light and space all around the world -- including a large scale work inside a dormant volcano in Arizona. Austin's Skyspace, "The Color Inside," was commissioned in 2013 by Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. This April, NMC composers Brent Fariss, Andrew Stoltz, and Travis Weller will present three site-specific pieces for violin trio (Performed by Roseminna Watson, Marcus Rubio, and Audrey Wozniak) inspired by the experience of a sunset in the Skyspace and Turrell's accompanying light sequence. In a three night run, audiences will experience the composers' live chamber score during the transition from daylight to darkness inside Turrell's captivating artwork.
IMPORTANT: The performance will take place on time due to the synchronization with the sunset and the light sequence. Please plan to arrive at the space by 7:15, leaving yourself time for parking and walking to the location.
This event takes place on UT campus. Here is a map with important location and parking info:
About James Turrell
James Turrell is one of the world's most highly regarded artists who uses light to create works of art. As a veteran pilot, he finds inspiration in the quality of light experienced from the sky. His personal interests in aviation, geometry and astronomy are evident in his work. Rooted in the traditions of his Quaker upbringing, Turrell invites visitors to "go inside and greet the light." Turrell's most ambitious project is Roden Crater, an observatory created inside an extinct volcano in Arizona. The artist has two additional public Skyspaces in Texas, both located in Houston: Twilight Epiphany at Rice University and One Accord at Live Oaks Friends (Quaker) Meeting House. Turrell's work has been the subject of hundreds of exhibitions and he has received prestigious awards from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and MacArthur foundations. In 2013 he became the first artist to have three concurrent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York.
More info about UT Austin's Skyspace: http://turrell.utexas.edu/
About Austin New Music Co-op
New Music Co-op is a community of composers and performers from the Austin area dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of new music. Since 2001 NMC has presented almost 50 concerts featuring close to 200 new works, many of them premieres. Notable New Music Co-op concerts have included two collaborations with Ellen Fullman and her Long String Instrument, the first complete US performance of Cornelius Cardew's seven-hour epic, The Great Learning, a commission of a program-length work by Berlin-based composer Arnold Dreyblatt, a realization of John Cage's Song Books, music for the extinct instruments of Luigi Russolo, Pauline Oliveros' Four Meditations for Orchestra (with the composer in attendance), and a three-day series of the works of the New York School. The Co-op was named "Outstanding Classical Ensemble" for 2011-2012 by the Austin Critics' Table. The New Music Co-op is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all donations to the group are tax-deductible.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.