PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, AND WILL NO LONGER TAKE PLACE ON APRIL 3–4. NEW DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.
For their first live collaboration, multi-instrumentalist and performer Ka Baird and intermedia artist Max Eilbacher join forces to create a multichannel exploration/deconstruction of the piano, the newest incarnation of Baird’s Vivification Exercises series. Baird is heralded for her raw, ecstatic, and boundary-pushing live solo performances, which often involve energetic and experimental body movements, vocal and mic techniques, and flute playing. Eilbacher’s practice draws on traditions of electroacoustic, musique concrète composition, and process-intensive computer music.
For this version of Vivification Exercises, the artists use a six-channel system to present a series of sonic exercises that activate listeners’ awareness through aural spatialization and physical exertion. Centering on The Kitchen’s Steinway piano, the performance also features the human voice and various electronic elements. Throughout the performance, Baird and Eilbacher find contact zones between viscerality and abstraction and ritual and hyperbole in order to generate ways of experiencing the physicality of sound in direct relation to a body. Organized by Matthew Lyons.
This program is made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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