2010 Intervals

Intervals

http://pulitzerarts.org/events/concerts/intervals/

featuring the hightly acclaimed
Christine Brewer, soprano
and
Elizabeth Zharoff soprano
and
readings by Ann Hamilton
presented by
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Associate sound design by Toby Jaguar Algya
Sound Design Assistant: David Corsello

Intervals has been specifically composed for the celebrated voice of Chrisine Brewer accompanied by Elizabeth Zharoff to respond to the context provided in Stylus by Ann Hamilton, within the unique acoustics of the Pulitzer Foundation building designed by Tadao Ando. The building is the vehicle, animated by Stylus; Intervals is the form, and the voices the soul whose motion transform the sonic possibilities into music. Intervals will play within the spectrums that Stylus highlights. The characterization of the vocals evolve against a multilayered and spatialized sonic backdrop which is constructed by real-time processing of the live material mixed with precise and complex electronics. Intervals aims to embody the fleeting moment when oursingularity comes to touch the realization of belonging to a collective body.

The event is offered in homage to the enterprising spirit of the late James N. Wood , member of the Pulitzer’s board of trustees and former director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, and who was most recently President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Throughout his career, Mr. Wood encouraged and supported new ways of experiencing and thinking about works of art, an approach that has had an influence on Ann Hamilton’s work in particular.

 

See  Intervals Performance Order and Scores

See Intervals System Design

 

Selected Reviews:
Sara Miller, "Intervals at the Pulitzer: Mostly touching, all memorable", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis. 9/23/2010.

Robert W. Duffy, "Reflection: Magic in the Intervals", St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis. 9/21/2010.

Sara Miller, "Christine Brewer talks about performance art at the Pulitzer", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis. 9/20/2010.

Robert W. Duffy, "Brewer launches an artistic adventure", St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis. 9/15/2010.

Sara Miller, "Famous names, up-and-comers highlight fall classical music schedule", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis. 9/12/2010.

Sara Miller, "Opera Theatre, Pulitzer collaborate to present Brewer in special performances at "Stylus" installati", St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis. 8/25/2010.

 

An excerpt of
Intervals(2010)
by Shahrokh Yadegari
featuring the hightly acclaimed
Christine Brewer, soprano
and
Elizabeth Zharoff soprano
and
a reading by Ann Hamilton

presented by
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm

An Interview with Christine Brewer about intervals

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
present
CHRISTINE BREWER, soprano
ELIZABETH ZHAROFF, soprano
in
Intervals
composed by Shahrokh Yadegari
with reading by Ann Hamilton
A performance in conjunction with stylus – a project by Ann Hamilton

Press contact: Rachel Craft; the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts; rcraft@pulitzerarts.org; 314.754.1861
Linda Schulte; Opera Theatre of Saint Louis; lschulte@opera-stl.org; 314.963.4225

St. Louis, MO — Intervals is the first in a series of performances and events throughout the St. Louis
community which respond to and interact with stylus , artist Ann Hamilton ’s immersive installation at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, featuring sound design by Shahrokh Yadegari . Two performances will be held on Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm. stylus is on view at the Pulitzer until January 22, 2011. Future stylus events will include collaborations with the St. Louis Public Library and KDHX Community Media.

Co-produced by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, this
experimental sound performance takes its title from the theme of Ann Hamilton’s installation and
brings together two sopranos: Christine Brewer , one of the great singers of our time, with newcomer Elizabeth Zharoff, one of Opera Theatre’s outstanding new artists. Uniquely set within Hamilton’s moving video projections, the performance will connect the traditional expression of operatic form with an unconventional performance environment. The live voices of both singers will “accompany themselves” through the use of an electronic instrument called Lila , which provides precise real-time control of delay lines, loops, modulations, and convolutions of sound. Both the performance and the installation will engage and animate the Pulitzer’s Tadao Ando building with a compelling web of sound and imagery and will incorporate the audience as part of the experience. This experimental sound performance is a completely new venture for Christine Brewer , who is
internationally known as an operatic and symphonic soloist but has never before participated in an
event of this kind. Artist Ann Hamilton is known for creating experiences that respond to
architectural presence and the social history of their sites. Composer and sound designer Shahrokh Yadegari is noted for marrying traditional forms of music with contemporary electronics. The event is offered in homage to the enterprising spirit of the late James N. Wood , member of the Pulitzer’s board of trustees and former director of the Saint Louis Art Museum, and who was most recently President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Throughout his career, Mr. Wood encouraged and supported new ways of experiencing and thinking about works of art, an approach that has had an influence on Ann Hamilton’s work in particular.

The two performances took  place on Wednesday, September 21, 2010 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm.