The Mermaid Bar in Great Falls, Montana. Photo by Charles Lindsay.

Ear to the Earth 2010

This event is produced by
Electronic Music Foundation
in collaboration with
NYU Interactive Arts

Maggi Payne
Liquid Amber

Andrea Polli
Dances with Waves

Charles Lindsay
and
David Rothenberg
Western Water

Monday, November 1, 8pm
Frederick Loewe Theatre, NYU
35 West 4th Street


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PROGRAM W/ SCENES AND SOUNDS FROM THE PERFORMANCE

Maggi Payne
Liquid Amber
    Audio-visual work

Andrea Polli
Dances with Waves
    Presentation of audio-visual work





Charles Lindsay & David Rothenberg
Western Water
    Moving and still images and sound




Opening to Western Water




Excerpt from Western Water



ABOUT THE ARTISTS


Maggi Payne
Maggi Payne’s electroacoustic works often incorporate visuals, including dancers outfitted with electroluminescent wire, and videos she creates using images ranging from nature to the abstract. She composes music for dance and video, and is a photographer, recording engineer, flutist, and Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Andrea Polli
A digital media artist living in New Mexico, Andrea Polli's work addresses issues of science and technology in contemporary society — including the interconnectivity of global systems, and the effect of these systems on individuals.  Polli's work has been presented in over 100 exhibitions and performances internationally, and has been recognized by numerous residencies, grants, and awards, including UNESCO.


Charles Lindsay
Charles Lindsay’s career has advanced from geologist, adventurer, and environmental photojournalist, to exploring a photographic process of his own invention. He developed his sound work—processed electronic cello and wildlife recordings—in response to the imagery created for his photographic, video and installation project Carbon, for which he received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship.


David Rothenberg
Clarinetist David Rothenberg has performed and recorded with Jan Bang, Scanner, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. As as solo artist, he has released seven CDs, including "On the Cliffs of the Heart," one of Jazziz magazine’s top ten releases of 1995.  Also an author, his latest book, Thousand Mile Song, is about making music with whales.

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ABOUT THE MUSIC

Maggi Payne's Liquid Amber is composed of images and sounds inspired by the textures of nature. Payne has selected images for this work that, as she states, compel her to physically reach out and touch them, as one is "drawn to reach up to try to touch a star in the desert's black velvet night sky". The sounds are equally physical, tactile and visceral, produced by Payne's fingers upon the surfaces of skin, fabric, wood, metal, and water. The images, mostly unmodified footage of nature and natural processes of decay, present layers that shift in texture. Certain sounds relate to these surfaces, while others reflect the image's deep interior.


Maggi Payne with camera

Andrea Polli's Dances with Waves investigates the science of surfing through the lens of the human body in motion. Surfing, in one respect, is simply a recreational sport, but it is also a way to reflect on global climate patterns and geography, and to relate to these sciences through embodied practice. Surfing may be seen as a kinesthetic conversation between the living body of the surfer and the living body of the wave. This in-progress documentary sheds light on how our lives are tied to weather patterns, climate change and the delicate ecology of the ocean.


Andrea Polli in the fields

Charles Lindsay and David Rothenberg will debut Western Water, a live multimedia work that interprets the complex environmental, political and social issues of water in the Western United States, through live sonic and visual performance. Rothenberg will play clarinets and overtone flutes, with live explorations of found sounds. Lindsay will play both pristine and processed sounds of water, along with electric cello and Moog guitar.

Earlier this year, having received a Guggenheim Fellowship for photography, Lindsay set off in the American west, capturing the video, stills and field recordings for this performance. Sites included Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, Mono Lake, Yellowstone Park’s geysers and forest fire remnants, The Mermaid Bar in Great Falls, industrial irrigation, an abandoned depression era farm, truck stops, and water coolers.


Charles Lindsay's carbon photography

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