Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3:00pm
Black House Collective (BHC) produces and promotes new music in Kansas City. For the past 3 years this has happened through a series of composers’ workshops. In each workshop an ensemble is formed and music is written specifically for that ensemble. Throughout the workshop participants rehearse, rewrite, and have their music critiqued before it is performed as part of a larger multi-disciplinary performance. BHC provides composers the difficult-to-find resources of a large rehearsal space, performance opportunities, rehearsal time, and an ensemble of musicians who support artistic risk-taking.
BHC’s second focus is community-building for both the musicians and the entire art community. As part of Charlotte Street’s Urban Culture Project an arena is provided for collaboration between musicians and artists of other disciplines. In our ten workshops to date there have been over 50 musicians producing over 90 original compositions while collaborating with choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and visual artists.
The upcoming 11th BHC workshop will be selections from our collaboration with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Each composer has based his/her composition on pieces found in the ancient art exhibit in the Nelson. This has inspired BHC to deal with themes of power, time, and decay.There will be new compositions by: Teri Quinn, Russell Thorpe, Ashley Hirt, Eric Chapman, Cody Kauhl, Chris Burnett, Brian Padavic and Hunter Long.