Links We Like Friday

Links We Like

Good afternoon all, and happy Friday.

This weeks links all address the question: “Why do we make art and what is art for?”  There are some interesting thoughts here…

From Psychology Today

From author Jeanette Winterson of The Guardian

From 7 artists from all over (including Gina Gibney!)

and last, from everyday people submitted to this blog, devoted solely to asking “Why Make Art?”

Have a great weekend! Make some art maybe? There a plenty of reasons to do it!

Fieldwork Showcase

Performances/Screenings

Hi Framers new and old.  I mean, more expeeerienced.

I’ve been facilitating fieldwork in Houston for several years now– I think 6 or 7 sessions.  But who’s counting?  It’s that time of the year again when the artists of the session present what they’ve been creating for the past ten weeks.  This has been a session of breath, and openness, and respect.  Ahhhhh, respect.  I’m so thankful for the artists in this session.  They are: Diane Cahill Bedford, Rebekah Chappell, Cori Miller and Sara Draper, and yours truly.  I usually make something new in Fieldwork.  I love newness.  I love the beginnings of the creative process.  But a wise, wise friend has been encouraging me to revisit LOVE ME.  You remember LOVE ME, right?

So, I’ve carved, and snipped, and added, and subtracted.  And what we have now is a LOVE ME short.  It’s about 8 minutes.  (the original is 40) and will screen at the Houston Fall Fieldwork Showcase on Nov. 4.

Fall Fieldwork Showcase

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When: Sunday, November 4, 2 pm

Where: Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex
Cost: $7 cash/check at the door

Come see the Fall Fieldwork Showcase to catch a glimpse of the newest work by local Houston artists. This informal performance offers you a chance to see what artists in a variety of mediums—dance, poetry, film and more—have been working on during this Fall’s Fieldwork workshop. Live, original art for less than the cost of a movie! After the performance, the audience will be able to offer their feedback to the artists on these works-in-progress.

The Fieldwork method originated in New York over 25 years ago, and CORE has been offering Fieldwork workshops for the Houston arts community since 1993. The workshops will provide support, structure, and community to help artists immerse themselves fully in their creative work. The feedback method reveals how each piece is perceived by others and provides detailed information that helps artists hone their vision. By focusing on what’s happening in the work and how those choices shape the work, Fieldwork supports autonomy and authorship of each artist.

For more information on CORE and the Houston Fieldwork Showcase, call (713) 862-5530, emailinfo@coredance.org or visit visit www.COREdance.org. For more general information on Fieldwork, visit The Field at www.thefield.org.


CORE is supported by the Pattillo Foundation, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Photo by John Rampsott.

 

Links We Like Friday

Links We Like

Hey Framers! Raquel here, the new Company Rep!  While we continue to search for our next composer, here are a couple of fun music links for today.

8-Tracks – If you haven’t used this awesome online radio, try it out! It lets you choose playlists based on whatever mood you’re in, or genre you feel like

This one I just “Stumbled Upon,” and thought it was pretty cool and entertaining.  Make some music!! 

Musicovery – Another website that makes playlists for you based on your mood.  There’s an app for it too!

And finally, just for fun:  Dancing Makes You Smarter – But maybe you all know that already 🙂

 

Music Competition

Interviews

The 2012 winner of our music competition was Charles Halka.  We’ve loved his music so much that even after the concert that featured his music, we’ve decided to ask him to write a brand new piece for ERJCC Dance Month.  (More details to come, it’s in January).  We think he’s great.  And busy.  Here’s what Charles has been up to since our show CONTEXT which was in May.

He shares:

highSCORE Festival (Pavia, Italy):  It’s a 2-week event where young composers from around the world present their music to each other, have brand new works premiered (my new work for string quartet titled “Rupture” was premiered) get critiques and composer-ly advice from more seasoned/famous composers (Christopher Theofanidis, Amy Kirsten, Dmitri Tymoczko, Mario Garuti), and most importantly, make a whole bunch of friends.  I met over 40 composers from 9 countries!

Screening of my opera in Scranton, PA:  The video of the premiere of my opera, “Julius,” was screened at the 5th Lithuanian Heritage Day and an aria was performed live.  I also gave a radio interview about it via Skype while I was in Italy.  The interview is here.

Round and Round (one of the works included in CONTEXT) was performed at the Lake George Music Festival in Lake George, NY.

Por la Fuerza las Tierras (the winning piece of the Frame Dance Music Competition in 2012): There have been a few performances of the over the last couple of months.  All the performances were given by the group that commissioned the work, ONIX (www.onixensamble.com).  The first was in August at the San Miguel de Allende International Chamber Music Festival, but a couple of weeks ago they took the piece on a mini-tour through the state of Michoacan.  They performed it 5 times in 5 days!  They will be performing it again in an open rehearsal/symposium format on October 17 at the Fonoteca Nacional in Mexico City.

A brief work for fixed media, “Live Bass Improv,” was performed at Da Camera of Houston’s hugely successful event, “Musicircus” (in honor of John Cage), at the Menil Collection last month.

At the end of this month, I’ll be heading to Belgium to see a choral work (an excerpt from my opera) performed at the ISCM World Music Days.  It’s one of the oldest and most important international festivals of contemporary music, so I feel pretty honored/lucky to be a part of it.  It’s hosted in a different country every year, and it happened to be in Lithuania the year I was living there.  I went to almost every concert and was blown away!

That same choral work is being performed 3 times in December by Volti (www.voltisf.org), a really important chamber choir in San Francisco, so I’ll be there for that during the first week in December.

Best news of all is that I passed all my comprehensive exams for my doctoral program, so now I get to start slowly coming back to real life. (Congrats!!)

About the Competition:

2012-2013 Frame Dance Productions Music Composition Competition

Note: The deadline is January 4, 2013.

Frame Dance Productions announces its competition to select a piece of music for its upcoming Spring season. Its two-fold purpose is to offer outstanding emerging composers a forum for their recognition as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the dance performance company, Frame Dance Productions. We are looking for completed pieces, or for samples in consideration for a future work.

Award and Performance
The winning composer’s music will be the basis of a new original work– film and/or live performance, and your music will be exposed to new audiences.  The composer and music will be featured prominently as a collaborator with Frame Dance Productions.  There are often press opportunities to increase the composer’s visibility as well as the possibility of future commissions.

Eligibility
All composers, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible.

Submission Guidelines
Works may be written for solo, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet.
Acoustic works that utilize electronic playback are also acceptable.
Electronic music is accepted and encouraged.

All music must be unpublished.

Interested composers should submit:

• a recording of the piece on a CD
• a biography, with current address, e-mail address, and phone number, and
• a stamped, self-addressed envelope, if they wish their music returned.

Entry Fee and Deadline
The entry fee is $15.00 and composers may submit up to three selections.  Make checks payable to Frame Dance Productions.  Please email for mailing address.

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 4, 2013.
Frame Dance Productions is not responsible for lost or damaged material.
The winning composition will be announced at FrameDance.org on Friday, January 31, 2013.

For submission details please email Lydia.Hance@FrameDance.org.
For more information on Frame Dance Productions, please visit FrameDance.org.

Tickets to Wanderland

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We are giving away two sets of two tickets to Wanderland.  The first two people to suggest who they would like to see guest-curate our “Links We Like” column here at blog.framedance.org will win sets of tickets to Wanderland on the evening of their choice.  We actually want to know who you think would be fun, relevant, and Frame-tastic.  Check out the column, posted *almost* every single Friday.  Sometimes I write them, and other times I invite very wonderful guest-curators to share their favorite picks.  Let’s hear ’em!  Comment below.  And go.  Also, even if you’re not in the first two, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Now go and comment.

Happy Friday!

Exciting News!

Interviews

Frame Lovers everywhere, allow me to introduce…..  (yes, this would be the drum roll part)

Raquel Kahn, our newest member to the Frame Dance team.  Officially we call her our Frame Dance Productions Company Representative.  Company Rep.  We’re so excited.  I want you to know how fabulous she really is, so I had her answer a few get-to-know-you questions.  Repeat Drum Roll Here.

Frame Dance Company Rep, Raquel Kahn

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m originally from Ashland, Oregon and moved to Houston in January, 2010.  I’m finishing up my Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University this December, which I’m very excited about. I’ve been dancing since I was young and am very involved with dance at Rice. Recently I performed in “Afternono” with Suchu Dance Company at the Big Range Dance Festival, and in Ashley Horn’s new film “Wanderland” (see the special post from October 1st!).  I have a younger sister who also dances, and a younger brother who does not.

 

What was your first Frame Dance experience?

I think my first Frame Dance experience was at the Contemporary Arts Museum in 2010.  Kristin, Alex, and Lydia performed “Points and Coordinates.”  After that I saw the film “Satin Stich” at Big Range Dance Festival 2011…and then I was hooked! I’ve seen almost everything since.

 

What are you most excited about as the Frame Dance Company Rep?

I am so excited about so many aspects of being the Company Rep! I’m looking forward to continuing to connect Frame Dance with other artists and companies throughout Houston and expanding the collaborative nature of the company.  Mostly, I’m just excited to help spread the word about this beautiful, growing company and to be part of something so fresh and ambitious.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?

When I was in high school, Junior year specifically, my family moved onto a 50 ft sailboat and traveled the Pacific Ocean for 15 months.  We spent time in Central America, the Galapagos Islands, many islands in French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Hawai’i.  I ate new foods, learned new languages, and met amazing people. The trip was life-changing and is something I plan to do with my own family someday…

 

Tell us a joke. 🙂

What do you get when you mix a hippopotamus, an elephant, and a rhinoceros?
 Helephino!
***To talk with Raquel, contact her at Raquel.Kahn@framedance.org

Music Competition

Performances/Screenings

It’s that time again— really??  Wow, time flies.  Here we go!

Are you a composer or know one?

We are all about collaboration here at Frame.  All about it.  And once a year, we open a Music Composition Competition to find new collaborators for our live and film work.  Last year’s winner was Charles Halka.  You heard his music in CONTEXT and he is working with us on a brand new piece of music for our piece in Dance Month coming January 2013.  A fiercely talented composer, his works were necessary for the work that we made, and played an integral role in shaping the piece.

Two years ago the winner was Micah Clark, another fabulous emerging composer.

It’s that time when we open the competition again, to find this year’s winner and collaborator with Frame.  Here are the details:

 

2012-2013 Frame Dance Productions Music Composition Competition

Note: The deadline is January 4, 2013.

Frame Dance Productions announces its competition to select a piece of music for its upcoming Spring season. Its two-fold purpose is to offer outstanding emerging composers a forum for their recognition as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the dance performance company, Frame Dance Productions. We are looking for completed pieces, or for samples in consideration for a future work.

Award and Performance
The winning composer’s music will be the basis of a new original work– film and/or live performance, and your music will be exposed to new audiences.  The composer and music will be featured prominently as a collaborator with Frame Dance Productions.  There are often press opportunities to increase the composer’s visibility as well as the possibility of future commissions.

Eligibility
All composers, who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, are eligible.

Submission Guidelines
Works may be written for solo, duo, trio, quartet, or quintet.
Acoustic works that utilize electronic playback are also acceptable.
Electronic music is accepted and encouraged.

All music must be unpublished.

Interested composers should submit:

• a recording of the piece on a CD
• a biography, with current address, e-mail address, and phone number, and
• a stamped, self-addressed envelope, if they wish their music returned.

Entry Fee and Deadline
The entry fee is $15.00 and composers may submit up to three selections.  Make checks payable to Frame Dance Productions.  Please email for mailing address.

All entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 4, 2013.
Frame Dance Productions is not responsible for lost or damaged material.
The winning composition will be announced at FrameDance.org on Friday, January 31, 2013.

For submission details please email Lydia.Hance@FrameDance.org.
For more information on Frame Dance Productions, please visit FrameDance.org.