An exhibition and performance in Woodstock, NY at the Kleinert James Center for the Arts: August 25 – October 15, 2017.
The exhibition in Woodstock included both suites of graphic scores by Jo Ganter. Running Under Bridges, made with Raymond MacDonald, and Gradations of Light, made with Marilyn Crispell. A live performance opened the exhibition on August 25th.
The American pianist Marilyn Crispell has been a composer and performer of contemporary improvised music since 1978 and is an important part of the American and international jazz scene as well as working with poets, film-makers and visual artists. She has been the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She collaborated with Raymond MacDonald to produce the CD, Parallel Moments in 2014 and made Gradations of Light with Jo Ganter in 2016.
Gradations of Light is a suite of seven graphic scores. Ganter provided the grid-like structures while Crispell created gestural marks and blocks of tone that score the music. This suite of prints rejects colour in favour of tonal values, moving from darkest black through shadowy greys and silvery, subtle, changes of tone, to harsh contrasts of black and white, Each one is named for a time of day, Morning, Midday, Twilight, Night, which provides a thematic thread that links the works.
Ganter’s grid-like matrices inform all of her work with MacDonald and Crispell, but each musician has a strong creative influence and input into the images. MacDonald introducing bright colour to the pieces: clear blues, oranges, yellows and pinks make for brilliant and exuberant abstraction. Each piece by Ganter/MacDonald is a new adventure with different expressive intent. The two series of works complementing each other to produce a varied and original exhibition of sound and vision.
The performance featured musician David Rothenberg, Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, playing clarinet and laptop electronics. Doug James on percussion, and George Burt, Scottish guitarist and composer, half of Burt MacDonald and part of Glasgow Improvisors’ Orchestra (GIO). He has played with Marilyn in Scotland as well as with Keith Tippett and Lol Coxhill.