New Music Fans! Take a moment and turn your attention to STAR FIELD , the latest collaborative effort helmed by our friend and fellow composer, James Partidge. We asked James about the intention that drove such an elaborate collaborative effort and his thoughts about presenting new music in a contemporary art/gallery setting, here is what he had to say..
We wanted to present this concert in a space that we were able to define ourselves. That is why it seemed a natural fit to approach Parse Art Gallery. We're using the beautiful third floor space and installing are own artwork to match each piece of music. Jacques Duffourc has created a revolving screen that will have projections thrown on it as each piece is played. Therefore, not only the projections but the backdrop will shift for each song. These 7 different backdrops, for 7 different pieces of music (written by 7 different composers!), will be painted by Jacques Duffourc, Page Goss and Francis Wong. We've created a fully immersive concert experience.
Partridge describes Star Field as an interactive performance between musicians, artists, and community members. Seven diverse groups of people living in New Orleans converged with seven New Orleans composers who each wrote one piece of music related to their respective community group. The resulting compositions will be played by Partridges large ensemble, The Giant Peach, which features Simon Lott, Emily Fredrickson, Jason Weaver, James Partridge, Jeronne Amari Ansari, Ricio Fruge, John Maestas. Collaborating composers on for the project are Rex Gregory, Simon Lott, Jeronne Amari Ansari, Allen Hall, Ricio Fruge, Jacques Duffourc, and Jimbo Walsh. Visual projection and installation by Jacques Duffourc, Page Goss, Francis Wong, and filmographer Ana Dunjic.
ALL OF THIS is happening one night only, THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 18 at 7:30PM at Parse Gallery in the CBD. If you are reading this blog post, we think you should make it your personal mission to attend this unique event. We have also been informed that your ticket to the show includes an open bar... Nice one James.