Spark and Echo Arts will present “Among Fools: A Subrational Soundpainting” by Evan Mazunik at Irondale Center on June 21, 2013 at 8:00pm (doors at 7:30pm). Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance; to purchase tickets, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/387388. Irondale Center is located at 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11217, between Lafayette and Fulton Streets in the historic Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church.
“Among Fools” will be a 50-minute multidisciplinary performance for musicians, actors, dancers, and visual artists. Text, movement, and visuals will be generated from anagrams of the scripture passage from Ecclesiastes: “The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.” (Ecclesiastes 9:17) Graphic scores, structured improvisation, and traditional notation will be woven together into an open-form piece, evoking the surreal mystery of Richard Foreman’s theater and Anthony Braxton’s music.
For this show, Evan will direct the ensemble using Soundpainting, a sign language for live composition, as the group composes their program in realtime. As the Soundpainter, Mazunik signs a phrase using hand gestures, listens and watches the players, and, in turn, develops their responses by signing a new phrase, continuously creating the score in the moment.
“I’m honored to be commissioned by Spark & Echo to engage with this Scriptural aphorism,” said composer Evan Mazunik. “Irondale has been a champion in the past for new works in an experimental vein, and I’m thrilled to return to Irondale over the summer for this world premiere.”
This event is made possible by Flat World Productions (www.flatworldpro.com)
ABOUT SPARK AND ECHO ARTS
Spark and Echo Arts is a NYC multi-disciplinary arts non-profit creating the world’s largest multi-disciplinary “illuminated” Bible with a piece of visual, performing or literary art covering every passage. Spark and Echo is commissioning artists in music, poetry, dance, art, etc. to create a new work in response to every passage of the Bible. For more information, visit http://www.sparkandecho.org
ABOUT EVAN MAZUNIK
Evan Mazunik is a composer/performer raised in the heartland of Iowa and rooted in Queens, NY. Fluent in Soundpainting, a sign language for live composition, Mazunik is composer/director for ZAHA, his experimental Soundpainting ensemble. His compositions include commissions for jazz band, chorus, theater, dance, and film, and his work was featured in a documentary for the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Mazunik has performed with Anthony Braxton, Walter Thompson, Carla Bley, Robin Eubanks, and Danielson, and has played at creative music venues such as Roulette, The Stone, Barbes, and Galapagos.
The Irondale Project, established in 1983, is a theater company that creates and presents original work, through the research and exploration of emerging themes in our society. Through the power of the ensemble process, Irondale creates and presents alive, compelling theater, performance, and education programs that challenge traditional assumptions about art, and help us to better interpret contemporary culture. The Irondale Center – our theater, laboratory, and classroom – is a home for ensemble artists of all disciplines and cultures, and a resource for our community. Irondale is a constituent member of TCG Art New York and founding member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters and is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, please visit http://irondale.org.