Visuality

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December 3, 2016

Saturday 8pm
Tickets: $25

In Visuality, music develops its own visual component, dramaturgy and aesthetic. Visuality merges live classical music, visual art, and technology to explore how light and sound intersect in their purest forms. Each musical piece is developed around commissioned new creations from painters, sculptors, choreographers, writers, and other visual artists.

Visuality is a production of CreArtBox. CreArtBox is an award winning multidisciplinary music ensemble based in New York City led by flutist Guillermo Laporta and pianist Josefina Urraca and known for its merging of classical and contemporary music, with visual art, stunning stage design, and cutting-edge technology. 

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A new ensemble devoted to multidisciplinary events who gathers a handful of very sharp freelance musicians, choreographers and visual artists.

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- TimeOut New York

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Repertoire

1. SLEEPERS AWAKE

Composer: Joshua Penman

Visual Artist: Toby Heifetz, painter

Dancer: Marissa Maislen

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Soloist: Aminda Asher

CreArtBox commissioned this choreography based on the contrary symmetry of the human figures in the Toby Heifetz’s painting entitled Sleepers Awake. The fusion of the three elements dance-music-painting walk in one direction to convey and evoke a state of levitation.

 

2. EXCESS

Composer: Sebastian Currier

Visual Artist: Guillermo Laporta, video mapping

Dancer and acrobat: Marissa Maislen

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Musicians: Clara Vázquez Ledesma, Aminda Asher, Jonathan Cohen, Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca.

With Excess, CreArtBox explores the culture of “too much” in today’s world, and how artists express and people react to this constant sensory overload. 

 

3. COMING TOGETHER

Composer: Frederic Rzewski

Visual Artist: Guillermo Laporta, video mapping

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Musicians: Clara Vázquez Ledesma, Aminda Asher, Jonathan Cohen, Robby Bowen, Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca.

CreArtBox uses augmented reality to transmit the present circumstances behind this piece written by the American composer Frederic Rzewski. It is based on a letter that Samuel Joseph Melville wrote from prison in Attica in New York a few months before he was executed in the riots of 1971, where about 1,000 prisoners rebelled and took control of the prison to demand better living conditions.

 

4. NORTHUMBRIAN

Composer: Marcos Fernández

Visual Artist: Guillermo Laporta, video mapping

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Soloist: Josefina Urraca

Northumbrian was the name of a Medieval Kingdom that lays in what is now southeast Scotland and northern England. The land was highly influenced, amongst many others, by Celtic culture and is where instruments such as the Northumbrian pipes come from.

 

5. TIME GALLERY

Composer: Paul Moravec

Visual Artist: Guillermo Laporta, video mapping

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Musicians: Clara Vázquez Ledesma, Aminda Asher, Jonathan Cohen, Robby Bowen, Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca.

6. PIANO TRIO

Composer: Claude Debussy

VIsual Artist: Guillermo Laporta, video mapping

Dancer and acrobrat: Marissa Maislen

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Musicians: Clara Vázquez Ledesma, Aminda Asher and Josefina Urraca.

This piece is based on the music of Claude Debussy, Piano Trio in G Major. Claude Debussy is known as one of the greatest composers of incidental music. CreArtBox commissioned the choreography to Marissa Maislen combining theatrical elements to transport the viewer into the world of dreams.

 

7. PERCUSSION INTERLUDE

Composer: Robby Bowen

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Soloist: Robby Bowen

 

8. LIPSTICK

Composer: Jacob Ter Veldhuis

Visual Artist: Guillermo Laporta, video mapping

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Soloist: Guillermo Laporta

This work presents a roundtrip journey from visual art to music. Jacob Ter Veldhuis wrote the music inspired by the mobile sculptures of Naom Ben-Jakov, and later, Guillermo Laporta brings back a new visual interpretation of the music through video.

 

9. MARIRI

Composer: Joshua Penman

Visual Artist: Joshua Penman and Guillermo Laporta

Dancer: Marissa Maislen

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Musicians: Clara Vázquez Ledesma, Aminda Asher, Jonathan Cohen, Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca.

Mariri is a Quechua word that is used to describe the psychic healing powers of ayahuasca plant spirits. The piece depicts a shamanic journey through light and darkness to meet the spirits of the plants and receive that healing.

 

10. ECLIPSE

Composer: Marcos Fernández

Visual Artist: Guillermo Laporta, video mapping

Actor: Jacopo Rampini

Musicians: Clara Vázquez Ledesma, Aminda Asher, Jonathan Cohen, Guillermo Laporta and Josefina Urraca.

In this piece, commissioned at the CreArtBox residency program, music and projected images were created at the same time. The composer and visual artist worked together in this work inspired by the music of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells while the video is inspired by DJ Amon Tobin’s visual projections. Despite the absence of a specific narrative, this piece has a clear musical leitmotif (represented by single white lines in the video) that evolves throughout the entire length of piece.

 

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