Garden Series (Composer, Video Artist, Producer)

GARDEN Series (composer, video artist, producer)

After Molly Sturges and I got the United States Artist Award in 2008, I wanted to use the opportunity to reach out to one of my all-time favorite new music string quartets—the Del Sol String Quartet—to see if they would be interested in a collaboration, building a multi-media immersive evening-long live performance, exploring the marvelous and subjective domain of darkness and nighttime. Together, we built the first of what became a trilogy of live music and video pieces called GARDEN.

Performance of Garden I with Del Sol String Quartet

For GARDEN, I collaborated with Del Sol on “Night” which was performed (and installed) in its premiere format at Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Arts, with subsequent performances in the Albuquerque black box theater at the North Fourth Arts Center, and in the extraordinary Z-Space in San Francisco.

Garden Install with Del Sol String Quartet

GARDEN 2 “House” was a collaboration with the TILT Brass ensemble in with performances in NYC at the Stone, Downtown Settlement and finally at Roulette (as part of the Tri-Centric Festival) with a concert in the Santa Fe’s Center for Contemporary Arts (part of the Currents New Media Festival).

Garden II with TILT Brass Ensemble

GARDEN 3 “Home” has only had a few draft performances including a concert of works in progress at Santa Fe’s St. John’s College in 2016, and with the Arcote collective in Turin, Italy (as part of the 2017 Narrazioni Jazz Festival). “Home” was created in collaboration with the Sonoran Poet, Logan Phillips.

Garden I with Del Sol String Quartet

Garden II with TILT Brass Ensemble