PRINCETON SOUND KITCHEN
WEDNESDAY, OCT 16, 1:30 – 4:30 PM | FREE
Composer Michelle Nagai, in collaboration with percussionists Michael Evans and Andrew Drury, presents part 1 of Work/Rest. The performers will collect and categorize sound objects throughout the day in a performative work-in-process set in the Taplin Gallery. Arts Center visitors are invited to drop in and observe, ask questions, and help gather and organize sounds and objects. The installation of instruments in the gallery culminates with a live performance as part of the evening concert Songs on the Theme of Knowing (see listing, below).
WEDNESDAY, OCT 16, 8 PM | FREE
Songs on the Theme of Knowing
Composer Michelle Nagai presents an evening of new music inspired by the rhythms and ethos of Japanese rural farm life. After Preface, the first work on the program, is a setting of the poem ‘Preface to Spring and Ashura’ by Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa. Scored for an unusual combination of traditional instruments and more familiar sounds, After Preface features voice (Kyoko Kitamura), acoustic guitar (James Moore), futozao shamisen (Kenta Nagai), and shakuhachi (Elizabeth Brown). The piece is presented here in its U.S. premiere. Work/Rest (part 2) rounds out the program and features an array of sound objects that have been assembled in the gallery over the course of the day by percussionists Michael Evans and Andrew Drury.Collectively titled Songs on the Theme of Knowing, this pair of works touches on the mysteries of enlightenment, agricultural routine, seasonal change, and the wisdom of elders. Doors open at 7:30 pm.
This performance is free and open to the public.
Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Arts Council of Princeton
Date/Time: 10/16/13 at 1:30 pm - 10/16/13 at 10:00 pm