For Immediate Release
August 22, 2022
CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS CLASSICAL CONCERT
TO COMPLEMENT MEANDER EXHIBITION
Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Sunday, September 24 at 2 pm the Clark Art Institute hosts a meander-themed classical concert on the Lunder Center’s Moltz Terrace, performed in conjunction with the special exhibition Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander. Unlike traditional performances, this concert offers attendees a participatory experience of sound and exploration. From 2 pm to 5 pm, concert-goers will wander the Clark’s campus, encountering musicians and dancers in a unique self-paced experience. This event is free, no registration is required. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.
Five percussionists from the Manhattan School of Music and five dancers from the New Chamber Ballet (New York City) begin the performance on the Lunder Center’s Moltz Terrace. Their presentation, “Sound: Moves: Us” —a compilation of over a dozen short works brought together by Manhattan School of Music Instructor Reiko Füting and choreographed by New Chamber Ballet Founder Miro Magloire—serves as the centerpiece of the concert and lasts approximately one hour. After enjoying “Sound: Moves: Us,” concert attendees embark on a self-paced walk through a performance as Williams College musicians of the I/O Ensemble—directed by Matthew Gold—activate the Clark’s grounds without a set starting or ending point, processing down from the Lunder Center and playing from on top of Stone Hill. Additionally, saxophonist Travis Laplante plays a unique instrument designed to extend sound outdoors without any amplification. While members of the I/O Ensemble meander across the grounds, Laplante’s sounds will travel sonically, playing off the walls of the Clark.
The roaming nature of the concert is a complement to the Clark’s current exhibition, Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu: Meander—on view through October 16, 2022—which pairs new work by contemporary artists Tauba Auerbach and Yuji Agematsu, across parallel galleries, under the rubric of the meander as both noun and verb, motif and method.
ABOUT REIKO FÜTING
Born in 1970 in Königs Wusterhausen of the German Democratic Republic, Füting studied composition and piano in Dresden, Germany; Houston, New York City, and Seoul (with Jörg Herchet, Nils Vigeland, and Winfried Apel, among others). Currently, he teaches composition and music theory at the Manhattan School of Music. As a composer, he has appeared in numerous countries in Europe, the Americas, and Asia.
ABOUT NEW CHAMBER BALLET AND MIRO MAGLOIRE
New Chamber Ballet is dedicated to the creation of new ballets performed to live chamber music. Since its inception in 2004, the company has premiered over one hundred ballets by founder Miro Magloire and select guest choreographers set to classical and contemporary chamber music and performed by its acclaimed all-female company. The company has been praised in the national and international press for its classic-modern aesthetic as well as for the top-notch musical artists who accompany all performances.
ABOUT THE I/O ENSEMBLE AND MATHEW GOLD
The I/O Ensemble at Williams College is a contemporary music ensemble that performs cutting-edge new music by composers representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and musical practices, and explores new modes of performance and expression. The group was founded in 2008 by Mathew Gold, Artist in Residence in Percussion and Contemporary Music Performance at Williams College. Gold is a member of the acclaimed New York-based contemporary music group Talea Ensemble, with whom he appears across the U.S. and at international festivals, and of the pioneering Talujon percussion group. Gold has been a featured artist in several recent festivals, including Time:Spans 2019, Le Festival Les Musiques in Marseille, and Festival Musiques Démesurées in Clermont-Ferrand, and has appeared with the New York Philharmonic on its “Philharmonic 360” program at the Park Avenue Armory. He performs regularly with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York City Ballet, and the Albany Symphony, among others.
ABOUT TRAVIS LAPLANTE
Travis Laplante is a saxophonist, composer, and qigong practitioner living in Brooklyn, New York and southern Vermont. Laplante leads Battle Trance, the acclaimed tenor saxophone quartet as well as Subtle Degrees, his newest project with drummer Gerald Cleaver. He is also known for his solo saxophone work and his longstanding ensemble Little Women. Laplante has recently performed and/or recorded with Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Peter Evans, So Percussion, Michael Formanek, Buke and Gase, Ingrid Laubrock, Darius Jones, Mat Maneri, and Matt Mitchell, among others. He has toured his music extensively and has appeared at many major international festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
ABOUT THE CLARK
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 285,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
Use of facemasks is optional for all visitors. For details on health and safety protocols, visit clarkart.edu/health.
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