Dec 172014
 

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Make Music Nashville and percussionist Jesse Strauss are looking for musicians to perform Terry Riley’s seminal composition “In C” on Sunday, December 21st together with artists from around the world. Nashville is one of over 20 cities contributing to A Worldwide Day In C.

The project site has the details:

Consisting of 53 individual repeated cells with no time signature, no instrumentation limitations, and only a small set of instructions, In C’s interlocking repetitive patterns provided a new concept in musical form that was to change the course of 20th century music. Considered the first minimalist composition and perhaps the first truly globalist composition, In C can be played by any number of musicians, in any location in the world, with any musical tradition and instrument type.

Inspired by the communal spirit of Riley’s work and the composition’s 50th anniversary this year, “A Worldwide Day of In C” unites musicians from all over the globe in a day-long celebration of music and community with live-streamed performances occurring throughout the day with a variety of ensembles in over 20 cities around the world.

If I understand correctly, the Nashville group won’t be performing live with the other groups around the world. Each groups plays at an appointed time, and listeners around the world can stream the various ensembles all day. The Nashville performance is set for 5 to 6 p.m.

If you’re interested in participating, apply here. For questions — or if you want to attend the concert but not participate — contactl Jesse at JesseAstrauss@gmail.com.

Dec 062014
 
Nance Cooley

Nance Cooley

Joe Nolan at the Nashville Scene has all the juicy details on Saturday’s art crawls, including the Replication 3D printing show at Fort Houston, which features a few of my pieces. There’s tons of stuff to see tomorrow, including the always-popular Porter Flea Market at Track One. Go read Joe’s article for all the specifics.

One thing he didn’t mention (but Laura Hutson wrote about) is the Paper, Thread, and Trash show at the Nashville Public Library, which opens Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Curated by Courtney Adair Johnson, the show addresses, “the issues of consumption and waste by using found and superfluous materials to build original and unique books through very literal interpretations to installations and conceptual based projects.” I have to admit, they had me at Nance Cooley’s automata sculpture in the image above. Just brilliant.

The show features the works of Aletha Carr, Nance Cooley, Meredith Eastburn, Kelly Falzone, Kathryn Gonzalez, Emily Holt, Courtney Adair Johnson, Megan Kelly, Kit Kite, Cynthia Marsh, Lesley Patterson-Marx, Nelson Meadows, Lisa Rivas, and Jamaica Shaw. Don’t miss it!

Dec 022014
 
Erica and Billy in a pod.

Erica and Billy in a pod.

Some of you who know me may have heard on this strange art exhibit idea I’ve been working on called Modular Art Pods. Basically, it’s a linear art tunnel comprised of individually-curated 4′ cubes. Each micro-gallery holds only one person, so you can confront the art without the distractions of free wine and conversation.

We just launched the MAPs site and announced the call for artists. If you’re interested in making a pod, apply here. The exhibition happens February 7th at abrasiveMedia, a wonderful new art center in Wedgewood/Houston.

Dec 022014
 

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Last year, I wrote an article profiling Scott Sanders, Radio Free Nashville board president and one of the many staff members working to extend WRFN’s coverage citywide. I’m happy to hear that they’ve reached that goal.

Randy Fox at the Nashville Scene has the details:

Since going on the air in April 2005, the low-power community station’s broadcast area has been limited to the west side of Nashville, along with Internet broadcasts. With the translator frequency now broadcasting at 103.7 FM, in addition to the original West Side frequency of 107.1 FM, RFN’s unusual and eclectic mix of programming should be available to most of the metropolitan Nashville area. It means that great shows like Cat Beast Party, Hold the Funk,Mando Blues and Rocknbilly Hot Rod & Blues Review will be rattling the speakers of transistor radios all over town.

Check out Randy’s full article here:

Congratulations to Scott and WRFN! I’m going to go out to my car now and try to pick up the new frequency.