Professor David Baker to perform at REDCAT theatre in L.A.
In the off-years of Denison University’s biennial Tutti Festival, the college’s week-long celebration of artistic creativity, Denison hosts a “mini-Tutti.” The one-day extravaganza of events spans the college’s academic disciplines and brought together the talents of award-winning poet Professor David Baker with the River Song Quintet and artist Miwa Matreyek.
The collaboration produced a stunning work of visual performance and imagery and an auditory mingling of Baker’s words and their interpretations by River Song Quintet.
That collaboration will be celebrated again at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre (REDCAT) on Friday, October 28, 2016.
The event is described as:
As spellbinding as it is poignant, this double bill of multidisciplinary performance features a deeply resonant collaboration between L.A.’s River Song Quintet and Ohio poet David Baker, and a dreamlike multimedia work by artist Miwa Matreyek, who blends fantastical animation with live shadow play. River Song and Baker offer three iterations of music composed by guitarist Gregory Uhlmann in combination with lyric text by the poet: a semi-improvised interplay of guitar and spoken word; a six-movement art song setting of poems by Baker; and a reading of Scavenger Loop—Baker’s eco-poetic Midwestern elegy—with a score performed by the quintet. Matreyek’s This World Made Itself, a signature solo piece that seamlessly merges projected kaleidoscopic vistas with intricate shadow theater enacted by the artist herself.