As the 25th season of the Lively Arts at IUP continues, the Ovation! series will present Strings
and Serpents, an international collaboration that explores a synthesis of
Japanese and Western structures by merging musical and visual form. This original contemporary work will be
performed October 22, 2014, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, located on
the second floor of Sutton Hall.
Strings and Serpents was created through a joint effort among pianists Andy Milne
and Benoît Delbecq, animator Saki Murotani, and the Japanese TsuguKaji-KOTO duo
of Ai Kajigano and Tsugumi Yamamoto. Milne is considered one of the most respected voices in jazz today and
is the recipient of numerous commissions and honors including the prestigious
Civitella Ranieri fellowship. Delbecq
is a Parisian pianist whose influence has been recognized by critics. His latest
CD was noted by the New York Times as
one of the 10 albums of the year.
This combination of piano
and koto duos seamlessly blends traditional and modern music with the textures
of jazz and contemporary improvisation. The animation, based on the Rainbow
Serpent mythology, uses both 2-D and 3-D computer-generated imagery projected
along with the music. The story is
told without dialogue or subtitles and elegantly displays a visual composition
exploring color, shape, and form.
for this October 22 performance are available now at the Hadley
Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online, or the Lively Arts. Tickets can also
be purchased by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 257-1313. Remaining tickets can be purchased at
the door starting 45 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $22 for regular admission, $18 for
senior citizens and groups, and $12 for students and children.
More information on this and other events within the Lively
Arts is available by calling 274-357-ARTS (2787) or e-mailing
October 22, 20148:00 p.m.Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor of Sutton Hall
Merging musical and visual forms into a unified experience, Strings and
Serpents features a 60-minute animated film in conjunction with the live
performance of the combined piano and koto duos.
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