Collaboration in Concert: melody & line by Ursa Ensemble
13 November 2015 | 7:00 pm
The Ursa Ensemble is a Chicago-based Chamber group that seeks to present uncommon music to audiences in unique ways, unconventional places, and with individual interpretations. Ursa Ensemble members are fiercely dedicated to making Western Art Music less intimidating, but still deeply moving, to the uninitiated listener. Their Collaboration in Concert events give listeners the opportunity to create a unique art piece under the tutelage of a professional painter, poet, author, photographer, or other artist, while gaining direction from the ensemble’s live music.
This program features works by German, Austrian, and American composers:
Horn Quintet by Mozart
Symphonie No. 9 by Haydn (arr by N. Jeffery)
Duo Concertante for Violin and Viola by Paul Chihara
Ruckus by Pierce Gradone
Ursa Dances by Joe Clark
This Collaboration in Concert utilizes artistic collaboration, unique spaces, and audience participation. Chicago painter Melanie Brown will guide the audience through a few basic points of her specialty, then engage with audience members as the ensemble performs to create an artwork based on the music itself.
I have always had a rich dream life, and a need to make these things I see in my head visible. I use art to squeeze them out like a saturated sponge of its water - to share with others, yes - but mainly to get them out so I can examine them. As a sensitive person living in the 21st century I am constantly soaking up the visual information that bombards us all daily. I believe that all these images are then filtered through my subconscious and shown back to me in dreams. I use visual language to create a plane of reality where seemingly disparate images come together to create a world unique to my experience. I paint and draw from my intuition and seek to distill dreams and memories to their most succinct expression. I allow the physical material I am working with stay fresh and alive so that the image I hold in my head and the material I use to put it to canvas or paper combine to create something that is neither pure abstract expressionism nor surrealism, but rather something in between. I'm telling stories, but the act of painting allows the narrative to evolve as it is told. It is a relationship that fills my life with constant surprise, joy, and terror.