Date(s) - 12/07/2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Bing Concert Hall
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- Jaroslaw Kapuscinski – composer
- OpenEndedGroup | Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar, Paul Kaiser
- Ko Ishikawa – shō
- Maya Beiser – cello
Linked Verse is an evening-length work that fuses sound and image. Its music is a concerto for cello, Japanese shō, and spatialized sound recordings by Stanford Department of Music faculty member and composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. Its visual landscape is a live rendering of 3D projections by OpenEndedGroup of New York City. A multimedia evocation of otherness and union, the work builds on tensions and accords between elements of Japanese and Western cultures, of ancient and contemporary eras, and of sensory modalities (visual and aural). The work’s montage derives its structure from the ancient Japanese poetic practice of “linked verse” (renga) in which two or more poets take turns in adding interlocking links to form a chain of unexpected associations. Here, though, the links are between 3D scenes captured on location in Tokyo, Kyoto, New York, and the Bay Area in counterpoint to the music.
Co-produced with the Stanford Department of Music and commissioned by Stanford Live in collaboration with Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy , NY; Creative Media Center, Hong Kong City University Center for Arts, and Media (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany.
Generously supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
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