2/24/2015

Working Performance in Review


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Last Thursday, the Ten x Ten artists and musicians shared an unique preview of their collaborative projects during a Working Performance at Constellation. It was an exciting night of music, animation, and improvisation. Thank you to everyone who attended!

Take some time to look through the evening's photo album, and join us again on March 19th for the Recording Performance.

2/16/2015

Sight and Sound come together for the Ten x Ten 2015: Working Performance



The Ten x Ten Working Performance, on Thursday February 19, will integrate a technical component that will allow the audience to see the visual artists working in real time while the musicians refine their compositions. To make this happen, a camera will be suspended over a desk that will project a live stream onto a screen for the entire audience to see. The visual artists will sketch and present images while in conversation with the musicians. This is a rare opportunity to see artists workshop their ideas and share their creative process in a multimedia setting.

Please join us for Ten x Ten 2015: Working Performance this Thursday, February 19th at 9:00pm at Constellation, 3111 N Western Ave. Purchase Tickets Online or visit the Facebook Event.

2/11/2015

Graphic Notation 101: A Recap



This last Sunday, Jordan Martins and Katherine Young kicked off Ten x Ten 2015 by sharing their personal creative insights to a rapt audience at Graphic Notation 101. First, Jordan walked the crowd through several of his artworks, sharing his techniques and reasoning behind certain artistic choices. Jordan often takes a "kitchen-sink" approach by adding layers of collage until a dynamic balance solidifies. When Katherine asked Jordan, "Is there anything that you're rooting for when making an artwork?"  Jordan responded that he often feels he works through the chaos until a particular color or shape stands out. Jordan also mentioned several helpful "rules" from a class he took long ago, such as "Mistakes can't be erased--they move you from your present direction into the future" and "Tolerate chaos."

Katherine described her use of traditional notation along with graphic notations as simply a way to get ideas down quickly, efficiently, and most effectively. She mentioned that notation can run the gamut of lines, shapes, colors, and even notes and rhythms. Ideally, notation serves a specific purpose under a certain context to show what is absolutely necessary in a particular piece, which might range from a rhythmic pulse to the form of a piece.

Within her group Pretty Monsters, Katherine uses graphic notation to remind herself what the musical ideas are of an improvised piece because the band sometimes takes months-long breaks between rehearsals. She described a piece of notation as "I am laying down the road and the rest of the band is responding to the prompts." 

To further inspire the audience and the ten pairs of artists, Jordan and Katherine did a lightning round of interpretations of audio and visual samples that each prepared ahead of time, talking through how they might translate it to a graphic score or a sound piece. As the lecture concluded, the twenty newly-paired musicians and artists mingled, perused books and scores, and headed to the Spudnik Press Printshop to witness the screenprinting process. 

Join us again on Thursday, February 19, this time at Constellation, for the first working performance and collaborative session for each pairing of artists participating in the Ten x Ten 2015.

Ten x Ten 2015:
Improvised Music Series: Working Performance

Thursday, February 19, 9:30pm
Constellation
3111 N Western Ave.
$10
Purchase Tickets Online
Facebook Event


2/10/2015

Improvised Music Series: Working Performance / Thursday Feb. 19, 2015


The long-running Improvised Music Series from Elastic Arts makes a guest appearance at Constellation as part of Ten x Ten 2015’s eight-month production pairing ten musicians with ten visual artists to create collaborative recordings and fine art prints. The Improvised Music Series: Working Performance is a rare opportunity for the public to witness the creative and collaborative process as it happens. Relying heavily on improvisation, each musician-artist pair will workshop their ideas and experiment with how to translate ideas from sound to image, and vice versa. Each musician will direct the ensemble as they develop their compositions. At the same time, the audience will be able to watch projections of the artists visually responding and refining their designs in real time.

This is the second of four opportunities to experience the eight-month process of creating the next Ten x Ten.


Ten x Ten 2015:
Improvised Music Series: Working Performance

Thursday, February 19, 9:30pm
Constellation
3111 N Western Ave.
$10
Purchase Tickets Online
Facebook Event

2/06/2015

An Interview with Katherine Young


Ten x Ten 2015 kicks off with a free afternoon lecture about Graphic Notation with guest presenters Jordan Martins and Katherine Young this Sunday. Seth Vanek of Homeroom Chicago interviewed Katherine Young about her experiences combining composition and improvisation and how non-traditional notation can bring a piece to life.

Please join us this Sunday, February 8th at 4:00pm for Graphic Notation 101 at Spudnik Press Cooperative, 1821 W Hubbard St. #302.

Composer, bassoonist, and improviser Katherine Young creates acoustic and electro-acoustic music that has been described by the New York Times as “raw, wailing, coloristic,” and New Music Box has noted “her visceral approach to sound…her attentiveness to the smallest details of timbre; her adventurousness in using instruments in unexpected ways.” Ensemble Dal Niente, Talea Ensemble, Flux Quartet, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Spektral Quartet, Fonema Consort, Till by Turning, and others have performed her compositions. Her solo work as well as her work with her quartet Pretty Monsters has garnered praise in The Wire, Downbeat, and All About Jazz . In addition, her multi-movement installation-performance piece Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight, written in close collaboration with violinist Austin Wulliman, is recently out on Parlour Tapes+ as a stereo recording and do-it-yourself cassette installation box set.

1/27/2015

An Interview with Jordan Martins



On Sunday, February 8th at 4:00pm, we present Graphic Notation 101, the Ten x Ten 2015 Kick-off event, with guest presenters Jordan Martins and Katherine Young. In anticipation, Seth Vanek of Homeroom Chicago interviewed Jordan Martins to learn more about his approach to color and improvisation and who he looks to for inspiration.

To see Jordan speak in person, please join us February 8th at 4:00pm at Spudnik Press Cooperative, 1821 W Hubbard St. #302 for Graphic Notation 101.

Jordan Martins is a Chicago-based visual artist, curator, educator, and musician. Martins’s visual work is based in collage processes, including mixed media two dimensional work, photography, video, and installation. His recent work is primarily concerned with visual codes, camouflage, and gestalt theory. As a musician, Martins collaborates with Angela James and Quarter Mile Thunder, in addition to improvised performances with musicians from varied backgrounds. As Co-Director of the Comfort Station, he oversees general programming, gestates new projects, and coordinates partnerships with outside organizations and artists. He co-founded the Comfort Music series in 2011, directed the Relax Attack Jazz Series from 2011-2013, and is currently on the programming committee for the Chicago Jazz Festival. He received his MFA in visual arts from the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Brazil in 2007 and has been an instructor at North Park University since 2008.