Oceanic Verses at the Kennedy Center and River to River Festival Summer 2012
Created by Paola Prestini & Donna Di Novelli, Ali Hossaini directed by Kevin Newbury
with the Washington Chorus, Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Novus NY conducted by Julian Wachner
House of Solitude (in progress) at the River to River Festival, Harare International Festival of the Arts and the Atlas Theater 2011-2012
part of the Labyrinth Installation Concertos Created by Paola Prestini, Carmen Kordas and Cornelius Dufallo
21c Liederabend 2011 at the Kitchen
WORKS BY COMPOSERS
Mason Bates, Theo Bleckmann, Douglas J. Cuomo, Daniel Felsenfeld*, Peter Golub*, Ted Hearne, Gabriel Kahane, Phil Kline, David T. Little, Matt Marks*, Missy Mazzoli*, Milica Paranosic, Russell Platt, Paola Prestini*, Kamala Sankaram, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gregory Spears, Julia Wolfe, Du Yun*, Lev Zhurbin, John Zorn
David Grimm, Royce Vavrek
Timo Andres, Lisa Bielawa, Theo Bleckmann, Tony Boutte, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Lori Cotler, Martha Cluver, Corey Dargel, Helga Davis, Charlotte Dobbs, Du Yun, Rinde Eckert, Abigail Fischer, Kate Geissinger, Ted Hearne, Mellissa Hughes, Gabriel Kahane, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, Phil Moffa, Kathryn Mulvahill, Kirsten Sollek, Toby Twining, Amelia Watkins, Shara Worden, Glen Velez
John Buffalo Mailer & Melvin Van Peebles
S. Katy Tucker
Murat Eyuboglu, Ali Hossaini, Carmen Kordas, Stephen Taylor, S. Katy Tucker
You Have Given Me A Country October 2010 for 92Y Tribeca
Composers Paola Prestini and Milica Paranosic of the award winning production company VisionIntoArt created a multimedia book launch of You Have Given Me a Country by Neela Vaswani. The evening explored the book’s themes of family, blurred borders, identity, and what it means to be multicultural. Combining memoir, history, and fiction, the book follows the author’s Irish-Catholic mother and Sindhi-Indian father on their journey towards each other and the biracial child they create.With filmmaker Carmen Kordas, and special guests conductor Andre De Quadros, vocalist Lori Cotler and percussionist Glen Velez joining the VIA Ensemble and actor/director Holter Graham.
21c Liederabend 2009 at Galapagos Art Space
ETHEL accompanied by the VisionIntoArt ensemble and quartet
Caleb Burhans, Leah Coloff Corey Dargel, Osvaldo Golijov, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, David T. Little , Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Milica Paranosic, Paola Prestini
Comission: Kamala Sankaram
Hila Plitmann, Helga Davis, Abigail Fisher, Amelia Watkins, Anne-‐Carolyn Bird, David Adam Moore, Kamala Sankaram Isaiah Robinson, Daniel Gundlach, the rapper SKIM
Film by Stephen Taylor and Carmen Kordas
VisionIntoArt: FERUS (an ongoing composer/performer series)
Galapagos Art Space presents VisionIntoArt: Ferus, a Spring festival presenting the art of untamed musical/art identities from the global scene. Reaching across oceans from Australia, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, Trinidad and Tobago, Syria and Serbia, these artists are charting new territories in media, sound, poetry, performance art, and dance and will bring their new explorations to DUMBO Spring 2010. From bowing fences along world borders to fusing media technologies with contemporary movement, these evenings will bring electric innovations.
The series presented:
Experimental violin virtuoso and composer Cornelius Dufallo
Percussionist All-Star David Cossin
Radical Violin/Fence Explorer & composer Jon Rose
Percussionist/Composer Lukas Ligeti
Vocal improvisation expert Helga Davis
Multi-instrumentalist and Instrument Designer Mark Stewart with special guests
Kronos Quartet Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler performing the works of Michael Gordon and Felipe Perez Santiago in new VisionIntoArt collaborations
VisionIntoArt director and Mutlimedia artist/composer Paola Prestini in collaboration with filmmaker Ali Hossaini and visual artist Erika Harrsch
Jazz chanteuse Magos Herrera
Dance/Technology company Mei-Be Whatever DANCE
Performance Artist Milica Paranosic and filmmaker Carmen Kordas
Performance Poet Roger Bonair-Agard
Arabic-jazz clarinetist Kinan Azmeh
Body Maps (2010)
a concert that explores multi-media and multi-channel commissioned video art. Coproduction with Beth Morrison Projects.
The gorgeous Butterflies and Sleep my Child was performed by Hila Plitmann and Jeffrey Zeigler.
Body Maps by Paola Prestini and Erika Harrsch,
A new multi-channel video by Davide Faggiano to Michael Gordon’s Industry.
Hila Plitmann performed selections from Tamborine Man
Felipe Perez Santiago
New work for cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Frozen, and Fetus, for cello, electronics, KBOW, and video projections.
An interdisciplinary story that explores the mutation of three Hoffman children’s tales from Struwelpeter, and their real life counterparts. The stories focus on fire, food, and racism, the three themes inter-relating to create a work that questions society’s perceptions of morality, violence, and family.
Music by Raz Mesinai, Paola Prestini and Milica Paranosic. Performed at PS 122 in January 2008, and at the Bosko Buha Children’s Theater in Belgrade, Serbia.
(an ongoing series for the collective ruminations on travel)
Traveling Songs is a transmedia work about migration and travel that reflects the modern minstrel nature of our diverse ensemble. Traveling Songs expresses notions of home and far away lands, artistically and literally carrying the audience through new environments and sounds.
Performed at Joe’s Pub and the Whitney Museum in NYC, Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, EtnaFest and Teatro Manzoni (Milano) in Italy, and Dom Omladine and BEMUS in Belgrade, Serbia. Music by Milica Paranosic, Paola Prestini, Cafe Tacuba, Pablo Rieppi.
VIA composers take Kandinsky’s book of woodcuts and prose from 1912 using four colors (black, white, blue and red) and specific woodcuts as an inspiration for a music/movement/film collaboration.
Music by Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini and Milica Paranosic.
Performed at Franklin & Marshall College, the Chelsea Art Museum and the Whitney Museum in NYC, Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, EtnaFest and Teatro Manzoni (Milano) in Italy, and Dom Omladine and BEMUS in Belgrade, Serbia.
THE DEMOCRAZY PROJECT (2001-2005)
The Democrazy Project is a performance series that inquires into the role of the arts in a democratic society.
The Democrazy Project is led by historian and writer James Allen Smith in collaboration with the VIA cast.
It premiered in 2002 at The Lincoln Center Institute, and has subsequently toured to the North Carolina School of the Arts for the Kenan Institute’s Assembly of Conservatory Leaders, in Dallas, TX at the Council on Foundations Meeting, the Museum of the American Indian, and at Dickinson College. Music by Paola Prestini, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum, Steve Reich, and Nico Muhly.
Since 1999 VIA has commissioned and performed works by a rich array of artists.
COMPOSER COMMISSIONS and PERFORMANCES:
*Anna Clyne (Commissioned for 21c Liederabend)
Ives, Charles, arr. Eggar
*Kroll-Rosenbaum, Nora (Simulacra, Bloodstains on a Battlefield, ElevenWorks, the Democrazy Project, Collected Shorts/Stories, Sounds, A Tough Line)
Little, David T.
*Mesinai, Raz (VioLens)
*Muhly, Nico (Simulacra, ElevenWorks, the Democrazy Project, Collected Shorts/Stories, Sounds, A Tough Line)
*Paranosic, Milica (Sounds, A Tough Line, ReMix, Traveling Songs, Freedom Songs, VioLens)
*Prestini, Paola (Simulacra, Bloodstains on a Battlefield, ElevenWorks, the Democrazy Project, Collected Shorts/Stories, Sounds, A Tough Line, ReMix, Traveling Songs, Freedom Songs, VioLens)
*Rieppi, Pablo (ReMix, Traveling Songs, Freedom Songs, VioLens)
Rodgers Guettel, Mary
Rulon, C. Bryan
*Van Sluytman, Jamal (Freedom Songs)
Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe
poets and writers
*Roger Bonair-Agard (Bloodstains on a Battlefield, the Democrazy Project, Sounds, A Tough Line, Traveling Songs, ReMix, Freedom Songs, VioLens)
*Caroline Bootle (A Tough Line)
*Hannah Bos (A Tough Line)
*Frances Chewning (A Tough Line)
*Shana Gozansky (A Tough Line)
*Holter Graham (A Tough Line, ReMix, Sounds)
*Rob Grace (A Tough Line)
*Jonny Green (A Tough Line)
*Samuel Helfrich (A Tough Line, Sounds)
*Mahira Kakkar (A Tough Line, Sounds)
*Amiel Melnick (A Tough Line)
*Clancy O’Connor (A Tough Line)
*Lynne Procope(the Democrazy Project, A Tough Line, Sounds, Freedom Songs)
*Patrick Rosal (Freedom Songs)
*Eunice Wong (A Tough Line)
*Martha Colburn (VioLens)
*Carmen Kordas (Sounds, ReMix, Freedom Songs, Traveling Songs, Liederabend, and VioLens)
Davide Faggiano (Industry Video, Jeffrey Zeigler, guest cellist)
*Chase Palmer (A Tough Line, the Democrazy Project, Sounds)
Stephen Taylor S. Katy Tucker (Liederabend)
*Marco Valentin (Sounds)
*John Zieman (the Democrazy Project)
*James Allen Smith (the Democrazy Project)
*Emily Flake (A Tough Line)
*Erika Harrsch (Body Maps and VioLens)
*Carmen Kordas (Traveling Songs and Sounds and VioLens)
*Phil Ristaino (VIA Deck of Cards illustrations)
*Iyun Harrison (Simulacra)
*Elizabeth Motley (A Tough Line)
*Rebecca Stenn (Sounds)
*Rosemary Andress (the Democrazy Project)
*Ian Belton (Amargo Trittico, VioLens)
*Sam Helfrich (Sounds, A Tough Line)
"Upbeat and enthralling. " - The New York Times
"You couldn't ask for a better one-stop survey of what's happening in new music now" - New York Magazine
"You can expect to hear music by everyone from Nico Muhly and Anna Clyne to Chinese pipa player Min Xio-Fen, who in the above video sounds just like Buke and Gass. Which is a good thing." - Feast of Music
"VisionIntoArt…has facilitated flamboyant, confounding and enticing collaborations among choreographers, visual artists, actors and composers…" - New York Times
"…always intriguing and frequently beguiling….[VIA] deserves credit for envisioning new possibilities..." --New York Times, April 2011
"Visionary-in-Chief" --Time Out NY, about VIA Co-founder and Creative Director, Paola Prestini, May 2012
"The composers involved in this new Liederabend...span New York’s vibrant, inclusive, new-music scene."
- Time Out New York
"Labyrinth installation dazzles, stuns at Krannert Center...a mesmerizing, multilayered digital environment for the artists... a journey layered with tantalizing visual and audial stimuli." - The Daily Illini
"While listening and watching, my mind wandered to ideas of the universe and life." - On Labyrinth The News Gazette
From our workshop production of John Zorn's Holy Visions
"evocative video projections by S. Katy Tucker. In a focused yet flexible performance, the sopranos Mellissa Hughes, Sarah Brailey and Jane Sheldon; the mezzo Abigail Fischer; and the contralto Kirsten Sollek illuminated both the claustrophobia and the ecstasy at the heart of these medieval visions." - The New York Times, November 4, 2013
"eerily beautiful"- The New York Times, November 1, 2013