Maya Beiser, cellist
New York, NY
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 7:30pm
Linked Verse is an evening-length work that fuses sound and image. Its music is a concerto for cello, Japanese shō &, and spatialized sound recordings by Stanford Department of Music faculty member and composer Jaroslaw Kapuscinski. Its visual landscape is a live rendering of 3D projections by OpenEndedGroup of New York City. A multimedia evocation of otherness and union, the work builds on tensions and accords between elements of Japanese and Western cultures, of ancient and contemporary eras, and of sensory modalities (visual and aural). The work's montage derives its structure from the ancient Japanese poetic practice of "linked verse" (renga) in which two or more poets take turns in adding interlocking links to form a chain of unexpected associations. Here, though, the links are between 3D scenes captured on location in Tokyo, Kyoto, New York, and the Bay Area in counterpoint to the music.
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