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The Living Earth Show: Tremble Staves Workshop Performance
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States + Google Map
March 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NOTE: This event includes a performance of one movement. Each performance will last approximately 15 minutes, starting at 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm, with an Artist Q&A from 7:00-7:30 pm. Attendees are invited to explore the conservatory during and between performances. Free but tickets required for performances. Click here to reserve tickets.
Chacon’s opera connects narratives of the San Francisco Bay Area’s relationship with water to overlapping Navajo creation stories in which water figures prominently. The work will be performed, from memory, by the virtuosic musicians of The Living Earth Show, utilizing amplified antlers, tape reels, effected guitars, and water as a dynamic percussion instrument. With this palette, Chacon combines electro-acoustic noises, traditional Navajo music, field recordings, and extended techniques rooted in the musical lineage of classical chamber music to craft a vital sonic and visual landscape.
The opera presents the sacred element of water as a struck, manipulated, and amplified instrument–in reverence while simultaneously creating a sonic violence representative of continuing scarcity of this natural resource. The audience joins the performers in the environment, turning a public space into a sonic ecosystem in which all participants are surrounded by the element discussed and interrogated by the music. The intention is immersion; the opera immerses a congregation of audience members anchored in a pond of resonance; communally engaging in the work yet aware of their own complicity in the draining of the water.
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