Null Point – a platform for experimental music – will be hosting two, live, outdoor (free) performances at Kleinhans Music Hall on Sunday, August 22 and Sunday, September 12. The two-part event series is being called Art Music Uncomposed and is being touted as “a new series of programs focused on excavating and dismantling fundamental principles of Western Art Music.”
For years, I’ve thought that the grounds of Kleinhans Music Hall would make for an excellent outdoor venue for small musical or artistic performances. With the iconic backdrop of the building, the reflecting pool, and the shaded park-like lawn, it’s an inspirational destination unto itself. And now, with the pandemic, people are looking to experience more intimate events and undertakings at these types of settings.
“Building on our past work conjugating music and contemporary art, this project examines a range of manifestations of Western Art Music—from scores to concert hall architecture, from composer busts to listening practices—from the standpoint of frameworks such as institutional critique and radical Black thought. Taking the 2020 uprisings as a mandate to dismantle foundations of historically White fields of knowledge, the program interrogates unexamined defaults such as Work, Composer, Spectator, Feeling, and even Music through commissions of new works, together with new approaches to radical 1960s experimental music scores, talks, and more, offline and online.” – Null Point
The series features works by Null Point’s members Ethan Hayden, Megan Kyle, and Colin Tucker alongside re-imaginings of canonical experimental music scores by Ben Patterson and Yoko Ono.
2pm: Colin Tucker, Two White Flights (part 1) for performer(s) with portable speakers and concert hall
Yoko Ono, Fly Piece new location-specific realization
4pm: Ethan Hayden, Captain Clark Welcomes You Aboard! for spatially-dispersed ensemble
Colin Tucker, new work for differently-cathected objects
6pm: Colin Tucker, Two White Flights (part 2) for performer(s) with portable speakers and concert hall
4pm: Megan Kyle, new location-specific work
Ben Patterson, a disturbing composition new location-specific realization
Additional pieces TBA
Live outdoor performance
August 22 & September 12
Kleinhans Music Hall
More info available here.