The great, intrepid trombone quartet, Guidonian Hand, kicked off a summer of creative projects by collaborating with the multidisciplinary performing arts company MADArt Creative for Morphing Me, a dance/visual art/musical production premiered in Manhattan on May 24, 2013 (click on the photo above for a video excerpt of the performance.)
Morphing Me had the Hand performing new works by the ensemble’s composer-in-residence (and Ariel guest-blogger!) Jeremy Howard Beck to a live dance by choreographer Lauren Camp with an interactive installation by MADArt director Santino Lo.
At the end of June, the Hand joined American artist/filmmaker Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler to shoot scenes for River of Fundament, an art film combining cinema with elements of live performance and opera, loosely based on Norman Mailer’s novel, Ancient Evenings. The film is due to be released in February 2014.
And last month saw the Hand in a different kind of dance collaboration, offering performances of choreographers Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey’s The Set Up: Jean-Christophe Paré with dance and music by Jonathan Bepler at the River to River Festival (read more about this fascinating production, the third of an eight-part dance series, in the New York Times review.)
Looking forward, the Hand joins fellow Ariel Artist, organist Rhonda Sider Edgington, on the road this fall with a special program pairing the power of the organ with the flexibility and richness of the trombone quartet. (More on this below!)