Cincinnati violinist/composer Eddy Kwon returns to the Black Box Performance Series with two stunning pieces performed over two evenings.
The night begins with the world premiere of VIOLENCE, a multi-media work for electro-acoustic ensemble. With careful attention to musical structure, personnel, instrumentation, and ensemble dynamics, Kwon dissects the many ways in which violence is created, tolerated, expressed, internalized, and (mis)understood. Inspired and informed by the writings, ideas, and lives of some of the world's most impassioned revolutionaries, the work acts as both a reflection on, and demonstration of, the violent complex that shapes our American experience.
The second part of the evening will see the encore CAC presentation of a r c h i p e l a g o. Originally performed with our 2014 Summer Series, a platform for exciting new works for regional artists, Kwon drew on inspiration from Eric K M Clark’s Deprivation Music to compose the piece. Performed by a string quartet, each musician’s score is the exact same piece of music, however a variety of conflicts confuse their senses with a complete absence of aural and visual awareness. By disrupting the dynamic of ensemble performers, experimenting with total sensory deprivation, and playing with perceptions of what a composition is and isn’t, a r c h i p e l a g o is a challenging and exhilarating experience for audience and performers alike.