Jane Rigler: "To Painting"

Jane Rigler: "To Painting"

The Arts Center of the Capital Region (downtown Troy)



The title, To Painting (2006-07), refers to the series of poems "A la pintura" written between 1947 and 1967 by the Spanish poet and painter Rafael Alberti.  These illuminative poems were the inspiration behind Robert Motherwell's series of paintings (1976) of the same title. This quadraphonic composition animates both sonically and visually the text and two-dimensional paintings exposing additional layers of the works through sound, color, texture and gesture by provoking interactions between artists, artwork, space and the audience. By doing this, we hope to dive deeper into the intricate meanings of these works and their expressions, melting into an effortless unity of sound, movement, words and light.  This event made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.


Clyde Forth is an interdisciplinary artist and dance maker, and the artistic director of the Clyde Forth Visual Theatre. She uses drawing, sculptural installation, improvisation and text to create dynamic performance works that invite intimacy and negotiation of complex dynamics. Clyde's work has been exhibited and produced in the US, Canada and the UK. She is a part-time faculty at Eugene Lang College.

Born in Nagoya, Japan, composer and pianist Shoko Nagai has been evolving as a professional musician for seventeen years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999 she moved to New York City and quickly established herself in the downtown jazz scene performing with such renowned artists as John Zorn, Rasheid Ali, Tom Rainy, Ikue Mori, Satoshi Takeishi, Cuog Vu, Roy Champbell, Cibo Matto as name a few. The Shoko Nagai Quintet which features some of New York's best musicians has performed extensively at the BlueNote, Knitting factory, The Stone, Roulette, and Tonic as well as at other top New York venues. Nagai has performed in Norway (Natt Jazz Festival 1998), Germany (Moers Jazz Festival 2006) Switzerland, Japan and Israel. Her most recent project is "Vortex" which is a free improvisation duet with electronics. In 2004, she received a grant from Philadelphia Music Project  2005 Grant for JazzJaunts, a  project in which seven jazz artists will compose and premiere compositions that  incorporate musical traditions from their cultural roots.

Jane Rigler, flutist, composer, improviser, educator and producer of events is an active featured performer in contemporary, improvisation and experimental music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, presenting both acoustic and electroacoustic shows as a soloist as well as within ensembles. Expanding upon her classical background (B.M., Northwestern University), she gained her M.M. and Ph.D. (UC San Diego) resulting in her book The Vocalization of the Flute which demonstrates a variety of imaginative ways the voice and flute interact based upon non-western traditions, Western 20th-21st Century works and her own compositions. Jane has given master-classes, seminars, workshops, and taught at a variety of universities, conservatories, conventions and performing art schools throughout the U.S., South America and Europe. While living in Spain she performed and organized more than 500 concerts for children. She organizes events such as the Relay~NYC! held in MoMA, NY in 2005, and the Spontaneous Music Festival in Brooklyn in 2006.  She has also received Brooklyn Arts Council grants and several artistic residencies, from Harvestworks, Art Omi and RPI's Create @ iEar.  She is currently Technology Program Coordinator for the Manhattan New Music Project where she is designing and developing the Music Cre8tor, a new interactive sensor-driven music composition program for students with disabilities.

Alex Waterman is a founding member of the Plus Minus Ensemble, based in Brussels and London, specializing in avant-garde and experimental music. Alex has worked with musicians such as Richard Barrett, Keith Rowe, Axel Dorner, Tristan Honsinger, Ned Rothenberg, Robert Ashley and Michael Finissy. He has performed as guest musician with numerous ensembles, including Trio Event (Berlin), Champs d'Action-Antwerp, Q-O2-Brussels, and Black Jackets Company-Brussels. As a curator he has organized events at Les Bains:Connective in Brussels and at the OT301 in Amsterdam. His project with the Bach Cello Suites has toured in Switzerland, Italy, Holland, and will be presented in the Opera of Monaco in December. Alex has a trio with Ned Rothenberg and Gerry Hemingway, and is presently living in Brooklyn, NY.

Bart Bridger Woodstrup (aka vodstrup) is currently an MFA candidate in the Integrated Electronic Arts Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  His goals are to understand and manipulate the aesthetics, semiotics, and narratives of various time-based media.  His work takes the form of traditional musical composition, real-time interactive audio/video performance, multimedia installation and networked experience.   In 1999, Bart received a Masters of Music in Computer Music and New Media Technology at Northern Illinois University.   He has exhibited at many national and international venues as well as presented at many prestigious conferences, including SEAMUS, Siggraph, and ISEA.

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