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Compositions feed the senses with mix of formats

You could call it illustrated music or you could call it art with musical accompaniment. Either way, this 2007 Sound & Vision Festival will be a delight for the senses. Six new compositions will be presented in a variety of formats – visual stills, film, dance and narration – by the Nevada County Composers Cooperative.

Works by the six composers listed below will premier on Friday night and be repeated Saturday. Jerry Grant’s piece, “Popoki,” is a DVD presentation commissioned by the Japanese Peace Museum in Tokyo. It’s narrated with stills of crayon drawings from a children’s book by Ronnie Alexander, a professor at Kobe University in Japan.

Mark Vance collaborated with cinematographer Evan Rosky to produce “The Creek,” designing the film to jog memories,” he said, “as it reminds us of the nature and beauty that exist all around us.” Filmed on Deer Creek in Nevada City, the soundtrack is scored for oboe, English horn and string orchestra. Ludi Hinrichs explained his work, “Khairos/Khronos: Crossroad in Synchronicity,” in terms of how meeting particular people totally changed his direction. In this work, new thresholds of awareness that come forth through expanded time sense are expressed by a large diameter gong, piano, a spoken text and images.



Randy McKean incorporates passages from his novel about a fictional jazz musician named Lemuel Crook into his piece. Readings by characters are interspersed with music arranged by McKean while images relating to Crook’s work are projected. Mikail Graham worked with Menlo Macfarlane to present two new works, “Falling From A Comet Into The Sea” (adapted from a live theatrical presentation in 2003) and “Breakfast Theater Musings In Two Parts.” And Jay Sydeman collaborated with Barbara Michelman to create “String Theories,” a work that is a “fantastic voyage for violin and visuals capturing a variety of experiences in the natural world.”

The event takes place at the intimate Besemer Concert Hall in Nevada City. Prices and times are the same for both evenings (March 2 and 3): $12 for advance reservations (call 478-0983), $15 at the door and $5 for students. The event begins at 7 p.m., but as there is no parking at the venue, concert attendees should meet at the Pioneer Park parking lot to take a free shuttle that starts at 6 p.m. Go to nccomposerscooperative.org for more about the cooperative.


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