Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Chris Jonas' Garden (chapter 1 "Night") with the 

Del Sol String Quartet 


World Premiere Performances / Installation Opening:
Chris Jonas’ GARDEN (chapter one “Night”) with the Del Sol String Quartet
At the Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe
Presented by Littleglobe and CCA

Installation Dates:
December 11, 2009 - January 31, 2010
FREE admission

Performance Dates:
Friday, December 4: 6 and 7:30pm
Saturday, December 5: 6 and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6: 2pm matinee
Tickets $15/$10 student/member/senior/low-income

The Center for Contemporary Arts of Santa Fe and Littleglobe present GARDEN, an intermedia collaboration between Chris Jonas and Del Sol String Quartet.

GARDEN “Night” is a music-driven intermedia performance/installation that uses live music and projected video in performance to explore metaphoric and psychological realms of night. This first Garden Chapter, “Night” has been created in collaboration between Chris Jonas (projected video, composition), the San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet (www.delsolquartet.com), stage director Acushla Bastible, movement artist Echo Gustafson, photographer Petr Jerabek, and a team of artists, volunteers and Littleglobe interns.

The video installation environment and linked 45 minute intermedia composition will open the first weekend of December, performed live with the audience members seated on two sides of the string quartet within the layers of video screens, mixing live music with projected video of night time landscapes and human figures.
From the second weekend of December through the end of January, Garden will take the form of an installation, with the quartet and their music projected into the installation space and the 45-minute piece on perpetual loop. GARDEN will tour with the Del Sol String Quartet though the US and abroad from 2010-2011. 

The Del Sol String Quartet, two-time national winner of the Chamber Music America/ASCAP First Place Award for Adventurous Programming, stands out as a group of pure invention, exploring new ways for a string quartet to interact with audiences, composers and other artists. They collaborate closely with living composers from around the world, including the Pacific Rim, by commissioning, performing and recording new works. 


“Del Sol is one of today’s most adventurous and open-minded chamber groups, playing with elegance, virtuosity, clarity, a pervasive artistry and a visceral engagement with the works they take on,” Chris Jonas said. “I am very excited about this collaboration.”

About Chris Jonas
Known locally for his many large scale musical projects written for SITE Santa Fe Biennials (Man Who Laughs, IN SITU and Malangan), Circus Luminous, the bands BING (with his partner, Molly Sturges), Rrake and Sun Spits Cherries, the Santa Fe Opera, Lensic, High Mayhem and the arts-in-community non-profit, Littleglobe, Jonas works in the junction of many artistic worlds. Working in the realms of new music and intermedia, Jonas has recorded over 30 CDs, has toured with some of today’s most adventurous ensembles and musicians and has composed, performed and conducted works all over the US, EU and world. Jonas is the recipient of this year’s United States Artist Fellowship Award for music and got the New Vision/New Mexico award in 2006 for his video work in the SF Opera commissioned piece “Memorylines”. 

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