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.
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
The performance will include opening comments by ZOFO duet as well as a post performance audience Q&A.
ZOFOMOMA has been made possible through generous funding and support from the Van Dyke Family Foundation.
Avner Dorman, Dancing with the Torah at Mount Meron (excerpt)
Gilles Silvestrini, Le Bassin d’Argenteuil (excerpt)
Pablo Ortiz, Paisaje (excerpt)
Keisuke Nakagoshi, Promenade #11 (excerpt)
Carl Vine, The arrival of implacable gifts (excerpt)
Cécile Marti, Wendung (excerpt)
Sahba Aminikia, Inspectors’ Scrutiny (excerpt)
Paweł Mykietyn, SM34 (excerpt)