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Solar Music for a Total Eclipse

August 21, 2017 @ 12:38 pm - 1:38 pm

“It’s not just human music, it’s the music that makes us human. We are all children of the sun.” – Rev. Dwight Frizzell

Solar Music for a Total Eclipse will be performed in-sync with the eclipse (with 27 seconds of silence during peak darkness) on Monday, August 21 from 12:38pm to 1:38pm at picturesque Kansas City Art Institute.

The Myth-Science Ensemble featuring Thomas Aber, Patrick Conway, Dwight Frizzell, Matthew Johnson and William Plummer will perform free and open-to-the-public at an accessible vantage point for solar observation.

The sun oscillates like a bell ringing every 4 minutes 48 seconds (as heard on the solar gong). Harmonic overtones pulse in quadra-pole rotation (realized by the ensemble). Solar storms that move vigorously through the resonating convection-zone are sonified by instrumental duets. The 1:08pm darkness maximum will coordinated with the performance’s midpoint (and the 27 seconds of silence).

Thomas Aber — bass clarinet, guida, bari sax
Patrick Conway – solar gong, alto sax
Rev. Dwight Frizzell- clarinet, tenor sax, WX5, electro-acoustics
Matthew Johnson – Moog synth, tech
William Plummer – cello

Myth-Science Ensemble
Inspired by Sun Ra’s solar-myth approach, Thomas Aber and Dwight Frizzell use a wide array of clarinets and saxophones, as well as bagpipes, Cherokee flutes, zwooms (long-hose instruments), electronics and video for their performances and recordings. In 1982, Aber and Frizzell played  with Don Cherry, Alvin Curran and Frederic Rzewski through satellite hook-ups to promote world peace. They are both founding members of newEar.  Aber studied bass clarinet with Harry Sparnaay at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He performed the premiere of Charles Dodge’s Clarinet Elegy, the first fractal generated composition in 1989. Frizzell’s teachers include Sun Ra, clarinetist Raymond Luedeke , and video artist Douglas Davis. He is Professor of Converging Media at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Rose Garden
In 1931, when a group of citizens under the leadership of Laura Conyers Smith established the Kansas City Rose Society, the Loose Park Rose Garden began. Today, there are about 4,000 roses of nearly 168 varieties in the Rose Garden.

This artist-funded project is also supported by the Kansas City Art Institute, a four year college providing art, design and media students with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 13 different majors.

Myth-Science videos
Heliophonie: Cell 12

 Heliophonie: Cell 10



August 21, 2017
12:38 pm - 1:38 pm


4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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