We are excited to announce the 2015 Black House Workshop residents.
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (Omaha, NE) - Visiting Artist, Voice
Chris Wild ( Chicago, IL) - Visiting Artist, Cello
Maya Bennardo (Brooklyn, NY) - Violin
Steve Landis* (Kansas City) - Double Bass
Molly McLauglin (Kansas City) - Flute
Wendy Grew (Kansas City) - Oboe/English Horn
Hunter Long* (Kansas City) - Tenor Sax, Recorders
Russell Thorpe (Kansas City) - Bari Sax, Bass Clar.
Joe Tucker (Brooklyn, NY) - Percussion
Ashley Tini (Lawrence, KS) - Percussion
Chistoffer Schunk (North Hollywood, CA)
Dylan Baker (Kansas City)
Ivonne Paredes (Brooklyn, NY/Lima, Peru)
Whitney George (Brooklyn, NY)
Steve Landis (Kansas City)
Hunter Long (Kansas City)
The workshop will take place in March 2015. View more information and full bios on our 2015 New Music Workshop page.
We are excited to announce the 2015 Kansas City-Montreal Exchange musicians and composers.
Ensemble: Jane Chan, Krisjana Thorsteinson, Molly McLaughlin, Mai Tadokoro, Hunter Long, Jennifer Lachaine.
Composers: Emilie Lebel, William Lackey, Juro Kim Feliz, Carmen Vanderveken, Russell Thorpe, Hunter Long.
We are excited to announce the 2015 Black House Collective New Music Workshop and its visiting artists, Chris Wild and Amanda DeBoer Bartlett of Ensemble Dal Niente.
2015 Visiting Artists
Cellist and conductor Chris Wild has performed in concert halls throughout North America and Europe and in broadcasts on CTV National News (Canada) and classical radio stations WQXR (New York) and WFMT (Chicago). His debut cello album, Abhanden, is described by New Music Box as "a virtuosic tour-de-force for solo cello ... Wild's approach to the material is soaring, lyrical, and bold ... confirms that Wild is not only an exciting performer to watch, but also a wise programmer and collaborator."
An avid interpreter of new music, Chris is currently Artistic Coordinator and Cellist for Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based collective of "super-musicians" (Chicago Tribune). In addition to their local concert series, Dal Niente performs internationally and has been in residence at universities such as Northwestern, Indiana, Harvard, and Stanford, and at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music (Germany), where they were the first-ever ensemble awarded the Kranichsteiner Music Prize for Interpretation. Chris has also performed classical and contemporary music as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (Canada), Third Coast Percussion (Chicago), Experimental Sound Studio SWR (Germany) and University of Michigan Philharmonia.
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett is an experimental singer and classical music curator based in Omaha, Nebraska. Specializing in project-based collaborations with living composers, Ms. DeBoer is particularly interested in the development of new dramatic works. She is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and is the founder of Omaha Under the Radar – a performance festival in the Midwest. She has recordings on Southport Records, Navona Records, Carrier Records, and soon will be available on New Amsterdam’s label. www.amandadeboer.com
We just returned from the first Robert Rauschenberg SEED Summit at the Rauschenberg Residency on Capitva Island, where we were able to connect with many fellow arts organization founders and administrators.
The week was a very special opportunity and we're very thankful to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation for the grant and all of its hard work in organizing the summit.
We were very lucky to have Kansas City artist Rodolfo Marron III create the art for the Entanglement poster. Rodolfo shared some of the thought that went into this piece, entitled "I Won't Search for the Sun at Night":
"Film has always been something I enjoyed sharing with a significant other. So the concept of the operas being based on romance in movies rang deeply with in. I started to think about love, cheesy romantic comedies, sweet chick flicks with Ryan Gosling or those quirky Wes Anderson odd attractions. With this piece I was inspired by something I use to do for my boyfriend. I would pick two flowers, give one to him and press the other for myself. Even after our breakup I continued this ritual of collecting wild flowers and pressing them. The flowers represented in the image for 'Entanglement' feature flowers from my own pressed collected and flowers native to Missouri. Flowers are this everlasting idea of love and romance. A space filled with various flowers hides a faint hand in the middle of it. There are other hands circling around offering seeds so that this world may flourish and grow. A tiny sprout springs in the center. Recalling that although the relationship may have ended; those memories are still there. With movies, when we see a certain scene, you are taken back to a specific place. A failed love can be very much like that. We remember it, we can almost smell the popcorn; touch it. Hands interlocked as we sit in front a big screen, watching movies. Just you and me."