Spring 2018 Events:
Wednesday, February 28, 12 – 1pm, PAHB 216 (lunch provided)
Neil Feather is internationally known as an inventor of experimental musical instruments. The instruments combine strings, springs, magnets, motors, flywheels, electromagnetic pickups, bicycles, bowling balls and other matter to explore the sounds of unlikely physical events. He has performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He has created numerous site-specific sound installations. Neil Feather has been a key player in Baltimore’s vibrant music and art community since 1985. He was a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation. The collective presents 50 concerts a year. The High Zero Festival is in its 18th year of presenting world-class improvised and experimental music in an unusual and vital structure. Neil Feather won the Sondheim Art Prize and the Trawick Contemporary Art Prize. He was included in the Exhibit “Art or Sound” in Venice, Italy. His instruments are featured in the contemporary ballet “Sunset o6.39 Hours” produced by Ballet X in Philadelphia. He is a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow. For this presentation, Mr. Feather will talk about the taxonomy of his unique instrument designs and how ideas about music and technology find context in art galleries, performance venues and media.
Wed April 25, 12 – 1pm, PAHB 216 (lunch provided)
Professor Watson will present her work-in-progress supported by her CIRCA Fellowship, using Fitzmaurice Voicework (FV), a voice training methodology undertaken primarily by actors and professional voice users. A number of speech/language pathologists have also begun implementing aspects of it in clinical settings. Anecdotal reports have suggested that practicing FV (which involves a specially designed series exercises that are gently aerobic) results in effects similar to those of “mindfulness meditation” and “flow state”—reduced anxiety, increased confidence, and improved cognitive function. In January of 2017, Professor Watson partnered with two colleagues at Texas Tech University (from the departments of Theatre and Psychology) on a pilot study to test cognitive and other effects of FV through use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain. The CIRCA project involves writing an article on the results of the pilot study, investigating wider implications for performing artists, and planning for an additional study with a larger subject group.
Lynn Watson is a Professor of Theatre at UMBC where she teaches voice, speech, and acting (Shakespeare, contemporary, styles) and vocal directs for department productions. She has worked extensively as a voice, speech, and dialect specialist with many established and highly regarded actors at leading regional theatres across the country including Arena Stage, Center Stage, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, and Signature Theatre in the DC/Baltimore area. On the West Coast she worked with the American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), and South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA). Her articles, writing, and editing appear in various publications, most notably the Journal of Voice, “widely regarded as the world’s premiere journal for voice medicine and research,” and the Voice and Speech Review where she recently joined the Editorial Board. She directed the world premiere of Tina Howe’s short comedy, Milk and Water for the UMBC Theatre “IN 10” festival of short plays. She has acted in regional theatres and Off Broadway at the American Place Theatre in New York. She is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and Past President of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA).
Eric Dyer is an artist and educator who brings animation into the physical world with his sequential images, sculptures, and installations. He spent years working at a computer to produce images for the screen. Longing to “get my hands back on the work,” Dyer returned to a tactile creative process. He began exploring the zoetrope, an early form of animation. The device, popular in the 19th century, consists of a slitted drum whose interior is lined with a sequence of images. When the object is spun, the viewer peers through the apertures in the drum and the forms appear to move. By replacing the drum with a fast-shutter digital video camera, Dyer invented the process of making films from spinning sculptures. Dyer continues to innovate with new tools and applications, moving his work off the screen and into real spaces.
His work has been widely exhibited at events and venues such as the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Ars Electronica, international animation festivals in numerous countries, the screens of Times Square, and the Cairo and Venice Biennales. He has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Sundance New Frontier Artist, Creative Capital Artist, and Guggenheim Fellow. Dyer’s fervent exploration of expression through motion has placed his work in books such as Re-imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image, Pervasive Animation, Animation: A World History, and A New History of Animation. He has been a visiting artist at institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, ECNU in Shanghai, and CalArts. Dyer is a Professor of visual arts and animation at UMBC and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.
For his CIRCA Presents presentation, Professor Dyer will discuss recent motion artworks that mash together digital and very physical approaches.
Launch Event for New Publications by Faculty Researchers Lisa Cella, Carla Viviana Coleman Cordova, and Airi Yoshioka
Tuesday, November 7, 4 – 5:30pm, refreshments provided
216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building
The Center for Research, Innovation and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Lisa Cella, Carla Viviana Coleman Cordova, and Airi Yoshioka. The event recognizes recent CD releases by professors Cella and Yoshioka, and a book publication by professor Coleman Cordova.
A champion of contemporary music, Lisa Cella, Associate Professor of Music, has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is Artistic Director of San Diego New Music and a founding member of its resident ensemble NOISE. With NOISE she has performed the works of young composers all around the world. Lisa is co-artistic director of NOISE’s annual festival of modern music entitled soundON. Lisa co-founded the flute collective inHALE, a group dedicated to developing challenging and experimental repertoire for two and three flutes. inHALE was an invited ensemble at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego in August of 2005. She, along with Franklin Cox, is a founding member of C2, a touring flute and cello duo. As a soloist, she has performed both nationally and internationally and is a faculty member of the Soundscape Festival of Contemporary Music in Maccagno, Italy and Nief Norf based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her undergraduate work was completed at Syracuse University and she received a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in contemporary flute performance at the University of California, San Diego.
Carla Viviana Coleman Cordova, Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, is an educator, researcher, graphic designer, and artist. Her work has been featured in the books Indie publishing (2008) and Graphic Design: The New Basics (2008), both published by Princeton Architectural Press. She owns, edits, and maintains the website http://www.webtypography.org. Her motion design work has been aired on Telemundo and BET television stations. She has done web design for the NIH and her print work has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, The Source Magazine, John Hopkins University, and others. Her work has been exhibited in The Siggraph Exhibition Conference and Ssamzie Space, Gallery 175 in Seoul, Korea. She served on the Board of Directors of AIGA Baltimore and she is still an active member of AIGA. Also, she is a member of CAA, IXDA, and IDA. Coleman-Cordova co-authored, along with Yeohyun Ahn, a book titled Type and Code: Processing for Designers (2009) published by MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art. Coleman-Cordova holds a BFA in graphic design with a concentration in Interactive Media and an MFA in Graphic Design from MICA.
Hailed by the Gramophone Magazine as “brilliant and intrepid”, violinist Airi Yoshioka, Professor of Music, has concertized throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Canada as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. Deeply committed to chamber music, she is the founding member of the Damocles Trio and Modigliani Quartet and has performed and recorded with the members of the Emerson, Brentano and Arditti Quartets. Damocles Trio’s debut disc of complete Piano Trios and Piano Quartet of Joquín Turina has won a four-star rating from the BBC Music Magazine, Le Monde de la Musique and Diapason. Her orchestral credits include performances with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Sinfonietta and engagements as concertmaster and soloist with the Manhattan Virtuosi and concertmaster of one of the festival orchestras at the Aspen Music Festival. An enthusiastic performer of new music, she was one of the original members and concertmasters of the New Juilliard Ensemble and had performed annually in Juilliard’s FOCUS! Festival and is currently a member of Continuum, ModernWorks!, RUCKUS, Son Sonora, and Azure Ensemble. Her solo and chamber performances can be heard on Naxos, New World, Claves, Mode, Albany, Neuma, and Pony Canyon records labels.