(Ashland, OR) – The Schneider Museum of Art is presenting a performance by the electro/acoustic duo Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard this Friday, March 22 at 11:00 AM. Barton and Bayard 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.
Bruce Bayard is a self-taught visual artist working primarily with composite images, video and time-based collage compositions. For the past year he co-produced Triptychs, a monthly series of concerts with Todd Barton and various guest musicians, improvising an electro-acoustic soundtrack to projected images and collage in motion. Bayard was also a member of the multi-media performance group Sonoluminescence with Todd Barton.
Todd 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 is still delving 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; from performances of Zen Shakuhachi Meditation Music to avant-garde music for electronic synthesizers and computers; from performing with luminaries of jazz and poetry to lecturing on music and composition from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.
The Schneider Museum of Art, in collaboration with Southern Oregon University’s Department of Performing Arts, is presenting a series of concerts, talks, and an exhibition by acclaimed composer Mark Applebaum of Stanford University. 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:
March 22: Todd Barton and Bruce Bayard, electro/acoustic musicians
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 $5.00
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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