It was Keats 200 years ago who ended “Ode on a Grecian Urn” with the infamous lines: “‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.'” We move through our life accepting certain truths, while rejecting others. Today, it seems an insurmountable task to work through the noise of information, both true and untrue. Will exposing truth quell the incessant battery of today’s political climate, or will it merely reveal the greater socioeconomic issues that continue to plague our modern society? In our program titled, “What if the truth is not enough?” earspace collaborates with local artists to explore these questions using music, poetry, tweets from public officials, and visual projections.
‘gifts of the magi’ is a dynamic experience for solo clarinetist and audience that explores the prophetic nature of the gifts to the infant Jesus. Born in a Bethlehem stable, the Christ child is presented with three gifts from mysterious travelers who followed the light of a wondrous star: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These gifts have come to be understood as symbolic of greater themes in the life of Jesus: gold for his divinity, frankincense for his willingness to suffer, myrrh for his mortality. Featuring music by Eric Mandat, Steve Reich, Franco Donatoni, Salvatore Sciarrino, and earspace’s own Ledah Finck, ’gifts of the magi’ inaugurates the holiday season with a shared journey of pilgrims - symbolically and literally - through several works of art given as birthday gifts to celebrate the Ackland Museum’s 60th Anniversary. Interspersed with poetry and reflection, our journey - in turn reflective, somber, and stirring - will direct us inward to consider the sacred and profane implications of our own being.
In fall of 2018, earspace returned to UNC for a four-day residency, including two performances. The ensemble designed a performance experience featuring an exploration of interactions between live performance, spatialized sound, and light structures. This free performance was presented as part of the Conversations in Modern Music Series. During the second performance, the ensemble collaborated with UNC student composers to workshop and perform their compositions.
Flutist and installation artist, Philip Snyder, invites visitors to experiment and play with simple electronic instruments as part of a shared, sonic space. Snyder sets up musical processes that seek to engage visitors to the Ackland's exhibition “Birthday Presents” in the discovery of their own creative agency and reveal new perspectives of the surrounding artworks. The performance includes three constructions in which the decisions of everyone involved contribute to the trajectory of the music.
earspace presents its flutist, Philip Snyder, performing "instill" a sounding meditation space created by D. Edward Davis. Visitors to the outdoor labyrinth path will be invited to walk the maze while creating and interacting with sounds. Seating will be provided for those who wish to experience the event that way. Visitors are welcome to come and go as they wish.
earspace @ UNC
3/18 - 3/23/2018
In our first ever residency, earspace collaborated with student musicians at UNC to present the contemporary oratorio Shelter by David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe with films by Bill Morrison. During the week members of earspace gave workshops and read new pieces by student composers. We closed out the week with a concert featuring music by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Simon Holt, Ted Hearne, and Donnacha Dennehy.
In the debut performance of earspace, the ensemble presents the music of Christopher Cerrone, Kaija Saariaho, and David Lang in collaboration with CAM Raleigh. Cerrone’s South Catalina, Sarriaho's Tocar, and Lang’s child are equal parts epic, energizing, and mesmerizing. Staged in the galleries at CAM, this performance explores the spatialization of this unique venue.