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Performance  |  Cineshape: Amy Williams and Aaron Henderson

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 2 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Cineshape is an innovative collaborative project between composer Amy Williams and video artist Aaron Henderson. The five original musical compositions in the Cineshape series, with a unique instrumental combination of one to seven players, is based on a close and selective reading of a different film (Chunhyang, Time Code, Lives of Others, Run Lola Run and Rope). What particularly interests me in this project, and defines its innovation in the contemporary music field, is the process of identifying elements in these films that are not exclusive or explicit to the films, such as motifs, atmospheric qualities and abstract structural models. My objective is not to translate the literal narrative content of the original work nor is it to provide new soundtracks for the existing films. Instead, the Cineshape pieces re-conceptualize specific components of each film to create original materials that are, in turn, specific to music. I attempt to create something original out of an existing artwork, without appropriation, quotation, or much narrative reference. Furthermore, I try to develop unique relationships between those technical and formalistic elements that are shared in films and music.

This is a free concert.