About the Grant

$22,500 to support Fissures, Futures (for Buckminster Fuller) (MAP 2008) a new work by Rova Saxophone Quartet.

About the Project

Featuring the Berlin-based digital animation of media-artist Lillevan, Fissures, Futures’ structured improvisations will be performed by Rova Saxophone Quartet along with a group of international artists including analog electronics artist Thomas Lehn (Koln, Germany); violist Charlotte Hug (Zurich, Switzerland); bassist Lisle Ellis (Vancouver, NYC); cellist Joan Jeanrenaud (San Francisco), violinist Carla Kihlstedt (Oakland), percussionist Kjell Nordeson (Sweden), and Lillevan (Berlin, Germany). Lillevan’s work embraces improvisation in its approach to digital animation, combining moving film, “found” historic film stills, and digitally manipulated color design.  Fissures, Futures offers the additional artistic challenge of real-time interaction between sound and visual artist during performance.  Fissures, Futures will consist of 2 suites designed/composed for the ensemble by the members of the ensemble, and inspired by the ideas of visionary philosopher Buckminster Fuller.

The inventive nature of Fissures, Futures, and its focus on experimentation and multi-disciplinary collaboration, is the embodiment of Rova:Arts’ commitment to extending the boundaries of new music and the young music discipline of “structured improvisation,”  through the commissioning and live performance of new work. As a large-scale international artistic collaboration, Fissures, Futures continues Rova’s exploration of the synthesis of the visual arts and real-time music.
Fissures, Futures (for Buckminster Fuller)
premieres May 22 and 23, 2009 at Kanbar Hall in San Francisco as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

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