Carbon Song Cycle at Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco February 7-8, 2014
performance / expanded cinema and chamber ensemble/ Christina McPhee and Pamela Z
Carbon A Drawing in Carbon Song Cycle at Joe Goode Annex / clip on Vimeo / link here:
Two performances of Carbon Song Cycle were presented at Joe Goode Annex at Project Artaud, 401 Alabama (at 17th Street) on Friday and Saturday, February 7 and 8, at 8pm. The production involves expanded cinema and drawing performance by Christina McPhee, music composition/voice and electronics by Pamela Z, with Charith Premawardhana (viola), Theresa Wong (cello), Dana Jessen (bassoon), Suki O'Kane (percussion) and Drew Detweiler (video technician).
A note on the sets and architecture…
The SF premiere / third performance of Carbon Song Cycle at the black box- style dance performance space home of Joe Goode Performance Group offered unique challenges for the set design and image performance. A new design for hanging the project's back and front lit scrims involved suspension with cables from the 24' tall ceiling's steel beams grid. Special thanks to Alexander Zendzian (Joe Goode Performance Group company manager), Terry Hargrave (set architecture consultant), Drew Detweiler (video design technician).
In the link to the clip, you can watch me draw in real time using a software program called Lumisketch, developed by Lyes Belohine, and managed by Drew. In this shot, I'm drawing with a light source; photons relay to the software program which sends the live display from a hidden projector onstage. The chamber ensemble responds to the live drawing as a score. Sensitive, crashing, sublime sounds from Pamela Z (voice and electronics), Theresa Wong (voice and cello), Dana Jessen (bassoon), Charith Premawardhana (viola) and Suki O'Kane (percussion). The sound engineer was Jorge Bachman.
This presentation of Carbon Song Cycle was produced by Circuit Network of San Francisco. The San Francisco premiere was supported by Margaret Dorfman, Richard Pinegar, Steve Sokiguchi, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation's Community Arts Program. Carbon Song Cycle received research, development and premiere production support from the MAP Fund (for Christina McPhee's video composition, Pamela Z's collaboration with the video composition, and premiere production support) and through New Music USA (for Pamela Z's composition).