The Blue Rider Ensemble has premiered many works by young composers over the years, but they’ve never worked with an artist providing them with a score in real time in the form of a live animation.
This first will take plan Sunday March 19th at La Vitrola, as part of Blue Elements, a new show featuring five new musical compositions the ensemble is currently touring.
For a visual artist, a musical score is a drawing
The collaboration grew out of a classroom collaboration between flautist Liselyn Adams, who is also associate professor of music and former Chair of the Department of Music, and Eric Simon, the Chair of Studio Arts.
“We were talking about how for a visual artist, a musical score is a drawing.”
“I invited visual artists to our contemporary chamber music class to provide art for our scores. Art students tried to notate music either by drawing what the musicians were doing or by giving musicians a visual representation of what could become a score.”
The exercise stuck in her mind and so for Blue Elements, Concordia MFA (Film Production) student Sunny Stanila agreed to work with the ensemble.
In concert, Adams, cellist Paul Pulford and percussionist Beverley Johnston will improvise music while Stanila paints abstract animations and projects them onto a large screen.
“The idea to do a live performance came when I started rehearsing with the Blue Rider ensemble,” says Stanila.
“I would react to their improvisations as they were unfolding. It is interesting to see how the images I am making evolve and change over time and to hear the performers being influenced by them as well. It feels like I am playing visual music with colour and lines.”