Opening @ the Tang

Opening @ the Tang

June 25, 2005 6:00 PM - 6:00 AM

This Saturday at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY 6:00-7:30 PM Opening Reception for: Michael Oatman: A Lifetime of Service and a Mile of Thread Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg: Rapture/Rupture ---------- Exhibition runs: June 25-September 11 ---------- Tang Museum, Skidmore College 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY directions: www.skidmore.edu/tang/tang_map/tang_map.html ---------- more about Jesse's installation ... Elevator Music: Investigations in Experimental Sound Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg Rapture/Rupture Mixed media installation with four-channel sound and text 4:53 minutes Weaving together two centuries of tradition with Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg's personal history, Rapture/Rupture is a modern reconstitution of the song "Russia"--a shape note composition written in 1786 by New England tunesmith Daniel Read, with words from Isaac Watts' 1719 Christian reworking of the Psalms of David. The artist uses new technologies to slice, spread, shatter, and stretch a recent recording of the song to the brink of illegibility. He pushes the sounds to reveal complex emotions such as isolation, confusion, and joy. As much a self-portrait as a formalist revision of an archaic musical style, the eerie and ethereal score describes a simultaneous admiration for and alienation from the shape note singing tradition. ---------- Also, mark your calendars for July 9, when we'll be holding a shape note music singing school workshop at the Tang in conjunction with Rapture/Rupture. Jean Seiler, a long-time shape note singer who has taught shape note singing around the country will lead a participatory workshop on shape note music with a focus on the music of Eastern New York State. Keep posted for more information on the July 9 singing school.
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