Event Category: Event
A co-production with fresh perspectives, NEOSonicFest & Mahall’s.
Curated by Buck McDaniel
Friday; March 29, 2019
Music at 9PM
(Doors at 8PM)
13200 Detroit Avenue
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Composer Buck McDaniel & producer Jacob Kirkwood perform a concert version of their co-composed live electro-acoustic score for Cleveland Public Theatre’s nationally acclaimed production of FIRE ON THE WATER, a meditation on the 50th anniversary of the burning of the Cuyahoga River. Joined by:
Devin Hinzo, oboe
Ariel Karaś, violin
Mell Csicsila, percussion
One-woman choir, Christa Uno Lady Ebert relies only on her voice for musical accompaniment. With a microphone, small mixer, and loop pedal perched upon a DIY lit podium, layers of vocals entrance, explore, and invoke emotions. Haunting, serene, and always captivatingly beautiful, UNO LADY creates spell like loops, spinning you into her musical web.
Harpist, composer extraordinaire Stephan Haluska – Harp opens the evening with his own electro-acoustic compositions. His music for harp examines the instrument’s unique textural, harmonic, and percussive qualities. Much of Haluska’s music focuses on blending traditional and non-traditional harp playing through extended techniques, preparation, tools, electronics, and effects pedals.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
UNO LADY’s unique talent has been acknowledged with various awards, including the Panza Foundation award, Akron SOULtrain fellowship, the prestigious Creative Workforce Fellowship, Best Voice, and Top Band to Watch.
STEPHAN HALUSKA is a harpist, composer, and improviser based in Cleveland, OH. The harp has developed a mystical identity in western culture as the sound of angels in heaven, magic, and dream sequences. Considering these stereotypes, Haluska attempts to expand the instrument beyond its preconceived notions, creating new roles and opportunities for it, and to (de)mystify the harp.
HALUSKA holds an MFA in Harp Performance with a concentration in Improvisation from Mills College and a BA in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University. He currently works as a freelance harpist performing standard harp repertory and original compositions and arrangements for solo harp. He teaches harp at The Music School Settlement in Cleveland and the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood.
JACOB KIRKWOOD is a sound designer, producer, percussionist and composer based in Cleveland, Ohio. As a studio engineer for Superior Sound Studios, past collaborations with Cleveland Public Theatre include producing the cast recording of Caitlin Lewins’s and Melissa Crum’s Everything is Okay and the co-composing/production of a new dance score with composer Buck McDaniel for Pandemonium 2018.
A sought-after percussionist, KIRKWOOD has performed nationally including New York, Boston, Detroit, Columbus, and Pittsburgh. His ensembles have supported international touring acts Pere Ubu, Dinosaur Jr., and the Octopus Project. A protege of platinum record producer Jim Wirt, Kirkwood received a degree in Recording Arts from Cuyahoga Community College. Future projects include a new sound installation in collaboration with artist Chelsea Polk and composer Buck McDaniel commissioned by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Originally from Columbia, Mississippi, BUCK MCDANIEL is the 2018/19 Kulas Composer Fellow at Cleveland Public Theatre. His works have been performed internationally both in Europe and across the United States including New York City, Detroit, Washington (DC), Pittsburgh, Boston, Cincinnati, and Jackson (MS). Commissions include new works for the Tanglewood Music Festival (MA), Pipeworks Festival (Ireland), Hereford Cathedral (UK), Lincoln Cathedral (UK), the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, and the No Exit New Music Ensemble. As an arranger, he has worked with composer Nico Muhly, Cleveland-based band ITEM, and most recently Cleveland Public Theatre’s world premiere production of the musical EVERYTHING IS OKAY.
Upcoming projects include a sound installation in collaboration with producer Jacob Kirkwood and artist Chelsea Polk commissioned by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and a new work for organist Derrick Meador to be premiered at the National City Christian Church in Washington, DC.
IMAGE: Firefighters attempt to extinguish the flames of the 1952 Cuyahoga River fire. Image courtesy of Cleveland State Library Special Collections