SoundMind #15 Featuring Ensemble Connect

SoundMind, Tel_, Tang Teaching Museum, April, 2018, photo by Cindy Schultz

Join Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle on Wednesday, February 13, at 5:00 pm, for SoundMind #15 featuring Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. Professor Tinkle will lead a sonic meditation with the ensemble.

SoundMind is an ongoing workshop series that combines meditation, sensory awareness, and aesthetic activation of the breath, body, and voice. Alone, in pairs, and as a group, participants explore resonance and vibration through touching, listening, and collaborative creation. For this special installment, musicians from Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect will introduce and workshop “The Witness,” a piece by Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros that consists of simple instructions that amateur performers can follow, regardless of background. Developed and led by Skidmore Professor Adam Tinkle, SoundMind is open to all, and will take place in Tel_, the artist-designed installation on the mezzanine.

Adam Tinkle, Director of the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Media and Film Studies at Skidmore, is a multidisciplinary artist and scholar trained in music, currently working at the interface of audio documentary, sonic conceptualism, and participatory/collaborative modalities. His book manuscript, on experimental music and the aesthetics of social participation, explores surprising links between the reputedly recondite sonics of John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Pauline Oliveros, and their co-conspirators, with contemporary conversations around inclusive, public practice in the arts. His recent artistic projects include a pair of 2017 gallery exhibitions as a member of the collaborative Seven Count that included pirate radio, immersive sampledelia, and participatory soundmaking; an artist’s book and multimedia environment (exhibited at the Bennington Museum) remixed from material from his award-winning documentary solo performance A Mess of Things; and concert performances of interactive visual music with the duo Timbree. He has published in Leonardo Music Journal, Organised Sound, and American Music Review, and teaches sound and intermedia praxis at Skidmore College, where he has guided the development of its summer Documentary Storytellers’ Institute since its inception in 2015.

The Ensemble Connect residency at Skidmore is presented by the Department of Music and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs. The biannual residency is made possible by the generous support of David and Beverly Sanders Payne ‘59 and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation.

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