Music for Betty LaDuke: An Improvisational Performance by Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard

(Ashland, OR) – The Schneider Museum of Art presents a performance by the electro-acoustic duo Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard Friday, July 26th at 12:00 PM. Barton and Bayard will create improvisational music in response to the museum’s current exhibition, Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life. Barton plays shakuhachi, Bayard plays cello and violin-uke, and both operate an assortment of electronic instruments and processors. They will present solos and duets, and create music in the moment. Admission is free.

bruce bayardBruce Bayard is a self-taught visual artist working primarily with composite images, video, and time-based collage compositions. Bayard was a member of the multi-media performance group Sonoluminescence with Todd Barton. For the past year he co-produced Triptychs: Sound + Image, a monthly series of concerts with Todd Barton and various guest musicians, who improvise electro-acoustic performances to projected images and collage in motion.

todd bartonTodd Barton is the Director of Composition Studies for the Music Department at Southern Oregon University and was the Resident Composer and Music Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. After four decades of exploration, Todd Barton delves deeply into the ever-expanding frontiers of musical expression: from his DNA-derived Genome Music to his innovative scores for plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Todd is a sound designer, performer, composer, and educator who composes and produces work in a broad range of practices from theatre and orchestral music to radio, film, and multimedia composition.

Music for Betty LaDuke will begin at 12:00PM on July 26th in the Museum. Betty LaDuke: Celebrating Life will be on view during the Museum’s regular hours of 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Mondays through Saturdays. Betty LaDuke, an artist and professor emerita at Southern Oregon University, has had a remarkable career traveling and sketching images of rural life across the world. Join the Schneider Museum of Art in celebrating Betty LaDuke’s life of art making – sixty-five years of creating drawings, paintings, and sculptures that embrace cultural understanding throughout the globe.

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