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PLANTLIFE: SARAH CAHILL, PET THE TIGER
December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PlantLife: an Immersive Evening of Phyto-Experience
Sarah Cahill, Piano: Patterns of Plants, Mamoru Fujieda
Pet the Tiger: Psychobotanikon;
Cheryl Leonard, Dan Gottwald, David Samas; Invented Instruments
Christina Braun, Annikah Peabody; Butoh
Katarina Countiss; Live Projection, Painted Wardrobe
Michael Dooley: Plant Meditation
Anjelica Colliard; Plant Portraits Drawn
Join us for an evening of music, meditation, art and dance expiring and celebrating the consciousness or our allies in the green world.
7 PM: Plant Meditation with Michael Dooley every 10 min in the rehearsal room
(limited to 4 guests)
Anjelica Collard will draw your plant portrait in the library
8 PM Sarah Cahill, Piano: Patterns of Plants, Mamoru Fujieda
9 PM Pet the Tiger: Psychobotanikon
Patterns of Plants, composed between 1996 and 2011, is Mamoru Fujieda’s magnum opus. Working with the “Plantron,” a device created by botanist and artist Yūji Dōgane, the composer measured electrical fluctuations on the surface of the leaves of plants, and converted the data thus obtained into sound using the Max programming system. Through a process he has likened to searching “in a deep forest” for “beautiful flowers and rare butterflies,” he listened for musical patterns, and used them as the basis for composing short pieces, which he then grouped into collections reminiscent of Baroque dance suites. The resulting music is as varied and lovely as any garden. But it is more than ornamental; as pianist Sarah Cahill notes, these are pieces of great depth and expressivity.
Psychobotanikon was collaboratively composed by instrument inventors Cheryl Leonard, Dan Gottwald and David Samas, all of whom have been working with natural materials for decades. It explores themes of plant consciousness, botanical perception of time and the voice of the plants themselves. Developed with live projection and dance to express the private life of plants and celebrate the interconnected sentience of every living thing.
Plant Meditation with Michael Dooley and Katarina Countiss in the rehearsal room. The format is a headphoned experience for 4 people for 7-minutes for as many sessions we can do in an hour.