Jan 25th 2020

Ten x Ten 2020: chaos | composed
Presented by Chicago Composers Orchestra, HOMEROOM, and Spudnik Press Cooperative

Music performed by Chicago Composers Orchestra + Origin of Animal
January 25, 2020
Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University @ 430 S Michigan Ave.
6:30pm Discussion and Q&A | 7:30pm Concert

Join us for the first concert and art exhibition in the Ten x Ten 2020 series.

Composers David Keller, Trevor Watkin, Randall West, and Janice Misurell-Mitchell will debut compositions for orchestra plus jazz/rock band, created in collaboration with visual artists Alexandra Antoine, Jessie Mott, Selina Trepp, and Azadeh Gholizadeh respectively. The corresponding screenprints from each visual artist will also be on view at the concert, encouraging viewers to draw connections between the varied, multimedia compositions being presented.

Also hear world premieres for the band + orchestra combo by Chicago composers Amos Gillespie and Elisabeth Johnson.

Ten x Ten 2020: 10 visual artists have each been paired with a composer. Together, they are asked to write corresponding components of a single work, though each print and each composition may stand on their own as an independent work of art.

Collaboration is at the core of this process-driven project. Ten x Ten asks each participant to explore the common ground that informs their work with another’s. Music and visual art are typically presented and discussed in very different manners. Language is often a starting point for the pairs: what adjectives might describe their work; how does a narrative inform their creation; how are compositional structures developed? From there, the pairs are required to develop a work plan and dialogue that allows their work to be influenced by each other.

By working with an artist in a different media, artists are challenged to consider new factors in the process of creation. By delving into a different artist’s approach to creating, an artist can deepen the understanding of his or her own process.

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