Interpreting Brakhage with Malinowski: the visualization of music and analog art film
Featuring performances by Creativity Foundation Legacy Award Winners
Saxophonist Dennis Shafer and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein are known for their creativity, so let them take you on a journey exploring the art and music of Stuart Diamond, Stan Brakhage, and Stephen Malinowski. Malinowski’s Music Animation Machine is a YouTube sensation. His visual interpretations—or graphic scores—of classical music works elegantly integrate shapes, lines, and animations with musical phrasing, dynamics, and pitch. Simon Linn-Gerstein and his harpist collaborator Lily Press will team up with ChagallPAC artists to present a parody of his work, muting the sounds of his graphic scores and interpreting them for themselves, inviting audience members to make their own interpretations, and finally using this graphic notation to live-compose a film score for the art of Stan Brakhage.
Brakhage is a pioneer of extended techniques in film, including scratching on film, painting on celluloid, fast cutting, and collage film. His cut-up style in film inspires ChagallPAC’s satirist method of combining these art forms, exploring the synesthesia of sound and vision. Also featuring pre-composed poetic interpretations by Diana Norma, a composition for toy piano by Aaron Rosenberg, and a sonata by Stuart Diamond performed by the harp/cello duo Strange Interlude.
Dennis Shafer – saxophone, electronics
Diana Norma – poetry
Aaron Rosenberg – composer, toy piano
Eck Sierra – saxophone
Simon Linn-Gerstein, cello
Lily Press, harp