Artists, musicians collaborate to create art |

Artists, musicians collaborate to create art

Eileen JoyceArtists Menlo Macfarlane (left) and Cassandra Wahlstrom (right) stand outside the Magic Theatre Monday with some of their work.
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If you want to see a fusion of original music and visual art recorded on film, plan on visiting this weekend’s second annual Sound & Vision Festival.

Presented by the Nevada County Composers Coopera-tive, the festival returns to the Magic Theatre.

The interactive collaboration is between local filmmakers, artists and new music composers, featuring both live and recorded works.

Visual artist Cassandra Wahlstrom, a founding member of the Cooperative, found last year’s festival so interesting that she agreed to be paired with composer W. Jay Sydeman in this year’s festival, hence their half-hour film “Kink~ky Brush Dancing Choreography for the Brush.”

Sydeman composed the music and then gave Wahlstrom the music to paint by in her studio, with just the videographer present.

“The music came first, but I wrote it knowing there would be abstract calligraphy. We decided she would listen to my music and then paint. With that in mind, I made a whole mixture of styles,” Sydeman said. “I wanted to have a lot of variety in seeing the process or dance of the brush do fast and slow, loud and soft, a variety of styles to force the calligraphy to respond in various ways.”

The film ends with a longer segment which shows the finished product of the scroll accompanied by a piece of music in a quasi-Japanese style.

Sydeman had no idea what the finished product would be.

“When I saw it, I was very impressed with the depth of the dance,” Sydeman said.

Although there’s much to absorb in the film, Wahlstrom believes the audience will be delighted.

“It’s fun and easy, people can take a lot of information after watching TV, videos, cartoons,” Wahlstrom said. “Viewers are fast; they can handle a lot of information. We’re going to give them that, not for commercial purposes but for art purposes.”

Sydeman said the festival should appeal to young audiences since it’s “cutting-edge material with music and visual.”

WHAT: Nevada County Composers Cooperative second annual Sound & Vision Festival 2003

WHEN: Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City.



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