(Ashland, OR) – The Schneider Museum of Art is presenting a performance by David Bithell, Associate Professor of Digital Art at Southern Oregon University, on Friday, April 5 at 11:00 AM. Bithell, a trumpeter and electronic musician, will engage in an interpretive performance of The Metaphysics of Notation, the exhibition of Mark Applebaum’s visually complex and engaging pictographic musical scores, which is on view in the Museum’s Heiter Gallery through April 27, 2013.
Bithell is a composer and interdisciplinary artist devoted to the exploration of the intersection between experimental music, visual media, and theater. His works have been presented throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. As a trumpet player specializing in contemporary and improvised music, he has devoted himself to the exploration of new possibilities for that instrument. From 2000-2008, he was the trumpet player and founding co-organizer for the sfSoundGroup (a Bay Area experimental music collective) and played with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, and the La Jolla Symphony. He has also collaborated with many composers on the creation of new works for trumpet and live electronics, most notably with Ali Momeni and Olly Wilson, and performed the United States premieres of works by Ronald Bruce Smith and Jan Maresz.
Bithell’s performance is part of a series of concerts, talks, and an exhibition by acclaimed composer Mark Applebaum of Stanford University presented by The Schneider Museum of Art in collaboration with Southern Oregon University’s Department of Performing Arts. Applebaum, dubbed “The Mad Scientist of Music” by TED.com, is known for composing and performing music that breaks the rules in interesting ways – he has written a concerto for florist, a work for three conductors and no players, graphic musical scores immense in scale. He builds wild sound sculptures and is an accomplished jazz pianist.
Mark Applebaum’s “cryptic, painfully fastidious, wildly elaborate, and unreasonably behemoth pictographic score, The Metaphysics of Notation, consists of 70 linear feet of highly detailed, hand-drawn glyphs, one hanging mobile of score fragments, and absolutely no written or verbal instructions. Installed for one year at the Cantor Arts Center Museum on the Stanford University campus it received 45 weekly performances from interpreters around the world— solo artists and ensembles, acoustic and electronic musicians alike.” (Innova Recordings). The exhibit will be on view in SOU’s Schneider Museum of Art Heiter Gallery through Saturday, April 27th.
The Schneider Museum of Art is presenting free weekly performances of The Metaphysics of Notation. Performers will interpret the score and the audience is welcome to sit and listen, or wander the gallery during the performances. All performances are on Fridays, from 11 AM to noon:
April 5: David Bithell, trumpeter and electronic musician
April 12: Tessa Brinckman, flutist
April 19: Christine Williams, soprano
April 26: Jeff Richmond and Terry Longshore, trumpet and percussion
The mission of the Schneider Museum of Art (SMA) at Southern Oregon University is to provide a vibrant learning experience that engages students, faculty, staff, visitors and community (local, regional and virtual), in a process that embodies SOU’s vision of collaborative, innovative and globally responsive (and responsible) art in the broadest sense. The SMA, now in its 26th year, is comprised of four galleries with over 3,500 sq. ft. of exhibition space. The building, designed by renowned Portland architect Will Martin, is part of the Center for Visual Arts at SOU.
Monday through Saturday
10:00 AM — 4:00 PM
Free Admission/Suggested Donation
Directions for the Schneider Museum of Art
Located at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the Southern Oregon University campus. The Museum and Southern Oregon University are most directly accessible off of Interstate 5 at Exit 14, the southern Ashland exit.
Parking for the Schneider Museum of Art
From Indiana Street, turn left into the metered lot between Frances Lane and Indiana Street. There is also limited parking behind the Museum.
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