For Philip Guston: Multimedia Concert


FeldmanGuston Collage

The 20th century is often regarded as the greatest period of innovation and development for art since the European Renaissance approximately 500 years prior. In the United States, the New York School was an informal group of artists, both visual and performing, active in the 1950s and 60s whose works were characterized by surrealist, avant-garde, abstract,and experimental techniques and styles. In regards to the musical arts, this “school” included composers John Cage, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, and Morton Feldman.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987) is most known for soft, lengthy works, and his unique compositional style characterized by metrical and rhythmic combinations that create a sense of free-floating, unfocused, and slowly evolving sound. Like many composers, Feldman drew inspiration from various sources, including a number of specific pieces for fellow friends and artists such as For Franz Kline (1962), Rothko Chapel (1971), For Frank O’Hara (1973), For John Cage (1982), and For Bunita Marcus (1986).

About the Project…

For Philip Guston was written in 1984, four years after Guston’s death, and is scored for flute, percussion, and piano. This monumental work will be performed at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as part of my Doctoral Project Recital and will feature multimedia components including special lighting, unique performance booklet, and more than 100 images of Guston’s works to be displayed throughout the 4+ hour concert. Fundraising will provide financial assistance for two primary goals:

1) Professionally recorded video and post performance editing of the event.

2) Performance booklet containing:

i. Program Notes

ii. Life and Works of Morton Feldman

iii. Life and Works of Philip Guston

Visit the fundraising webpage HERE.