Breath Beneath

PRISM Quartet

2016
$60,000

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PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

PRISM Quartet will investigate the artistic possibilities that arise at the intersection of saxophone music, technology, and durational visual art, to lay the foundation for an evening-length production. In collaboration with Victoria Brooks, curator of time-based visual arts at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), PRISM will explore how saxophonists' physical gestures and sound can be used to generate images, and how those images might, in turn, shape musical interpretation. The research will culminate in pilot performances of two works that seek to find harmony between different and complex artistic practices. Filmmaker and designer Mark DeChiazza and composer and programmer Dan Trueman will create a real-time interactive system to capture PRISM's breath, finger motions, frequency, pitch, and volume, and transform them into raw visual materials. Videographer Bill Morrison and programmer Ryan Holsopple will use infrared cameras and air sensors to visualize the ensemble's breath passing through saxophones, as they perform Julia Wolfe's 2015 composition "Cha."


Additional unrestricted funds are added to each grant for general operating support.