ArtSounds celebrates is 10th year of collaborative performances by composers, performers, and visual artists with the 2015-16 season. Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory and the Kansas City Art Institute, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. Co-directors Mara Gibson and Paul Rudy set the stage for concert events outside the box and inside the mind's eye and the eye's ear. Faculty partners from each institution produce provocative events that explore media and music. In ArtSounds performances, vision informs hearing and hearing guides sight in this essential dialogue at the messy intersections of human experience.

ArtSounds performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute, unless otherwise noted. Performances are free and open to the public


ArtSounds 2014-2015 Performance Series

CANCELLED - Cross-Overs; The Amrein-Pötzsch Duo

September 2, 2014, 7:30pm. Epperson Auditorium, KCAI.
Dirk Amrein (trombone) and Clemens Pötzsch (piano) perform works by Gershwin, Wyttanbach, Pötzsch and Frank. 

713: Disturbing the Dust
October 14, 2014, 7:30pm. Epperson Auditorium, KCAI
Artist David Huerbin and composer Ryan Oldham invite you to 713: Disturbing the Dust.  Sixty miles outside of Pittsburg, PA is the small town of Indiana; it was here in building 713 that Huerbin and Oldham shared an apartment.  713: Disturbing the Dust transports the audience into the back rooms of the old building.  Interpreted in several visual and audio vignettes, your can experience the wonder, nostalgia and mystery that inspired and changed Huerbin and Oldham some 15 years ago. 

Folding Time
November 11, 2014, 7:30pm, Epperson Auditorium, KCAI.
Dwight Frizzell and Tom Aber present Folding Time.  More details coming soon! 

What if?  KC/CT 
February 10, 2015, 7:30pm. Epperson Auditorium, KCAI.
Daniel Morel, Ken Steen and Gene Gort present What if in KC/CT?  More details coming soon! 

Analog Drift
March 10, 2015, 7:30pm. Epperson Auditorium, KCAI.
Michael Miller, Eric Souther, Eli Houghland, Russell Thorpe, Brian Padavic, David McIntire and Joshua Wise present Analog Drift. More details coming soon! 

Splines Reticulated
April 14, 2015, 7:30pm. Epperson Auditorium, KCAI.
Pianist Kari Johnson plays works for piano, video, and electronics, featuring a new collaboration by composer Andrew Cole and video artist David Steele Overholt.  Other works include Hye Kyung Lee’s Marimbella, Dan Van Hassel’s Poised to Make Gains, and a new take on the Baroque Suite by Christopher Biggs.

A Soul Awake
April 28, 2015, 7:30pm. Epperson Auditorium, KCAI.
A Soul Awake, presented by Stacy Busch, explores the perpetual flow and sudden change of emotional states.  What we experience through a period of time; a moment, a day, a life, and how this deepens our awakening to ourselves.  Featured collaborators include: Alexis Borth, Antone Townsend, Steven Landis, Cody Kahl, Lauren Sachrader.

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