On Saturday November 4, KcEMA will present a live performance of a seminal work of sonic art from the 20th century. For those of you who cannot make it, or are perhaps on the fence, here is a blog post version of my pre-concert talk to whet your appetite:
I Am Sitting in a Room was first recorded in 1969 and first publically performed in 1970 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Alvin Lucier was both the composer and performer of this work.
KcEMA is excited to announce the following pieces have been chosen for performance:
EXCURSUS, Cody Kauhl
If your boy leads, Dan Eichenbaum
Congrat to Cody and Dan!
As a group, KcEMA works for transparency and a more open process. The artistic committee is made up primarily of non-board members. All involved are consummate musicians, and are tasked with finding the best music and fit for concerts. We also worked closely with Liz Pearse, who looked through every piece independently of our meeting.
Part two of the series, A Successful Museum Soundwalk. To Part 1
KcEMA has a divided structure. This allows for us to separate concerns, as well as prevent conflicts of interest. Members of the executive board are on the artistic committee, however it is comprised mainly of other artists in the Kansas City area. The Vice President is chair and advisor, with the President acting in an advisory position. The artistic committee met in the esteemed establishment of P.Ott’s and started brainstorming people to approach. We knew we wanted to include at least one artist from Lawrence, and as luck would have it, we had just met one. From there we programmed mainly upon variety of musical styles, possible fits with themes, and artists in the area we knew could deliver in the short time span.
The chosen musicians were Hong Hong Hui, Frank Nawrot, Mt. Asther(A collaboration between Stacy Busch and Cody Kauhl), and David/Harte (Seth Davis and Tim J. Harte). Our final spot was left open as we discussed possible options. We reached out to various artists, but with January beginning, we had yet to secure a final person. It was decided then that a new collaborative group would emerge, Trio Defecta (Christina Butera, Jeff Borowiec, and I). Did I mention Be agile in part one?
This is part one of a two part series discussing KcEMA’s most recent success: A soundwalk style concert hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art!
On February 18th, KcEMA and the Spencer Museum of Art collaborated on a soundwalk style experience. Five groups, five set-ups, lining up with the five different themes. You can read more about the Spencer Museum’s wonderful exhibit, Temporal Turn, on their website.
Like many projects, this started with an idea over coffee. Amy Duke contacted our Vice President, Christina Butera, about wanting to work with KcEMA. Amy is a fan of electronic music, and had heard of the group before. Excellent! We rely a lot on word of mouth. KcEMA’s work over the years has placed us in folks’ thoughts when thinking about electronic music in town. We’re not the only people in town producing concerts of electronic music, but we are the only non-profit focused on bringing new and experimental works to Kansas City. Step 1: Get your name out there.
University of Kansas, 1301 Mississippi St, Lawrence, KS 66045
February 18th, 2pm
Five composers/collectives lead listeners through the exhibition Temporal Turn with a concert of new music that meanders through the galleries along a prescribed path. Each composition amplifies one of the five exhibition themes. Presented by the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance, the program features new works by Hong Hong Hui, Frank Nawrot, Mt. Asther (Cody Kauhl and Stacy Busch), Seth Davis and Tim Harte, and Trio Defecta (Jeff Borowiec, Christina Butera, and John Chittum).
On April 14, 2017, The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance will present a concert of works for soprano and electronics featuring local artist Liz Pearse.
The program will include Milton Babbitt’s Philomel, Kaija Saariaho’s Lohn, and recent works by composers based in the greater Kansas City area (including Lawrence, Columbia, and other nearby areas).
To submit your work for consideration:
This is the first in our series of interviews and demos. Stacy Busch, our head of marketing and PR, sat down with me to chat about life, my experiences and background, and to hear a bit about ChucK. Check it out!
As president, I’m excited to announce the full ReLaunch of KcEMA. Our first program, the ReLaunch Part at La Esquina was a great success. Special thanks to Mnemosyne and Ensemble of Irreproduceable Outcomes for joining us for a great evening.
We look forward to even more concerts, community engagement, and collaborations over the next year. We are also working on transforming our website, and expanding our online presence. Keep watching our site, our Facebook page and Twitter.
Thanks for dropping by,
John Chittum KcEMA President