The ZOFOMOMA live concert experience unfolds as an aurally and visually stunning walking tour through a virtual museum of modern art. Against an ever-changing backdrop of contemporary paintings, 15 new ZOFO-commissioned compositions are revealed throughout the 75-minute continuous performance. Composer Terry Riley praised the performance, saying, “It is just what the world needs now.”

In a nod to Mussorgsky, this 21st century “Pictures at an Exhibition” leads viewers and listeners from one gallery to the next accompanied by a re-imagined Promenade Theme by ZOFO’s Keisuke Nakagoshi. For this cutting-edge project ZOFO solicited new works from top composers around the globe, and requested each to select a painting representative of his or her culture as a springboard to the creative process. The result is a rich tapestry of sights and sounds reflecting the cultural, musical and artistic diversity of our world community.

Works on the “ZOFOMOMA” program include:

Dancing with the Torah at Mount Meron, composer: Avner Dorman (1975, Israel), artist: Reuven Rubin (courtesy Rubin Museum Tel Aviv)

The arrival of implacable gifts, composer: Carl Vine (1954, Australia), artist: James Gleeson (courtesy of Art Gallery of New South Wales)

Wendung, composer: Cécile Marti (1973, Switzerland), artist: Verena Marti-Buchmann

Night Sea, composer: Samuel Carl Adams (1985, USA), artist: Agnes Martin

Fangor, composer: Paweł Mykietyn (1971, Poland), artist: Wojciech Fangor (title of painting: ”SM 34″, courtesy of Gallery Stefan Szydłowski)

Holy Peaks of Chichibu at Spring Dawn, composer: Kenji Oh (1982, Japan), artist: Yokoyama Taikan (The Museum of the Imperial Collections )

Inspector’s Scrutiny, composer: Sahba Aminikia (1981, Iran), artist: Nicky Nodjoumi (Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York)

Street Solace, composer I Wayan Gde Yudane (1964, Indonesia), artist: I Made Budhiana

Viajeros, composer: Keyla Orozco (1969, Cuba), artist: Douglas Pérez Castro (courtesy von Christierson Collection, London)

Paisaje, composer: Pablo Ortiz (1958, Argentina), artist: Eduardo Stupia

Untitled Skeleton, composer: Jonathan Russell (1979, USA), artist: Stormie Mills (London street art)

Le Bassin d’Argenteuil, composer: Gilles Silvestrini (1961, France), artist: Claude Monet (courtesy Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

Landscapes, composer: Lei Liang (1972, China), artist: Huang Binhong (courtesy of Elna Tsao)

Spring Morning in Baku, composer: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (1947, Azerbaijan), artist: Sattar Bahlulzade (courtesy of Azerbaijan National Museum of Art)

TBA, composer: Gabriel Prokofiev (1975, UK)

Promenade Theme, Keisuke Nakagoshi

ZOFOMOMA has been made possible through generous funding and support from the Van Dyke Family Foundation.