Bowerbird is a presenting organization that showcases over 70 events annually, with a focus on raising awareness of "provocative and divergent musical traditions." Presenting performances in intimate spaces at little to no cost in order to increase public access, Bowerbird showcases experimental forms of music, dance, and film. This melding of forms was evident in a Center-supported project that brought choreographer Xavier Le Roy's More Mouvements für Lachenmann (scored to a composition by Helmut Lachenmann, performed live by Klangforum Wien) to Philadelphia at the 2011 Fringe Festival. In 2011–12, with Center support, Bowerbird presented Cage: Beyond Silence, a festival of John Cage's major musical compositions, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Center-funded exhibition Dancing Around the Bride. In 2015, the Center awarded a Discovery grant to Bowerbird to explore the possibility of presenting the work of African American composer Julius Eastman (1940–90). This research informed That Which Is Fundamental, the first multi-concert retrospective of Eastman's work.
- Questions of PracticeQuestions of Practice: Visiting Scholar Kristy Edmunds on the Role of Audiences in Preserving Performance
During a recent conversation at the Center, our visiting scholar Kristy Edmunds and Philip Bither, Senior Curator at the Walker Art Center, discussed the role audiences play in conserving performance works—what Edmunds describes as "art forms which we can't collect, and preserve, or own."question-of-practice-contentquestions-of-practice-visiting-scholar-kristy-edmunds-on-the-role-of-audiences-in-preserving-performance
- GRANTS & GRANTEESPablo Batista
Over the course of his 30-year career, percussionist and 2000 Pew Fellow Pablo Batista has performed, recorded, and toured with a range of leading jazz, R&B, Latin, pop, and gospel artists including Bono, George Howard, Alicia Keyes, Gerald Levert, Jeffrey Osborne, Eddie Palmieri, Teddy Pendergrass, Diane Reeves, Grover Washington, Jr., Musiq, Manny Oquendo's Conjunto Libre, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.people-contentpablo-batista