Holyoke City Hall, Holyoke MA
Friday, March 3
Saturday, March 4
1:00pm. Societal Implications of Improvisation: Walter Wright. Are artists the canaries in the cultural coal mine? Thankfully no, otherwise they’d all have dropped dead by now. However, artists and the arts are something of a barometer and, at the same time, something of a pain in the ass. “Whatever goal is set for art eventually proves restrictive, matched against the widest goals of consciousness. Art, itself a form of mystification, endures a succession of crises of demystification; older artistic goals are assailed and, ostensibly, replaced; outworn maps of consciousness are redrawn.” – Susan Sontag, The Aesthetics of Silence. Traditionally composition precede performance. The composer communicates his or her vision across time by means of a ‘score.’ The score is interpreted, rehearsed and finally, performed for an audience. Improvisation is composition in real time. In improvisation there is no score in a traditional sense, no interpretation. Without a traditional score, what is there to prepare, to rehearse?
3:00pm. Moving/sounding the inner/outer child: simple/comples is work/play: Loren Groenendaal.
4:00pm. Space Balm Ritual: Asimina Chremos.