Sculpted Shadow is a musical interpretation of Scott Hocking’s Detroit Night, a series of photographs of Detroit seen in shadow, streetlamps, and the silence of night. Like one’s eyes adjusting to darkness, the musical program traverses a grayscale terrain, adjusting gradually to an aural shadowscape. The program begins with Pixelation by Daniel Wohl, a work of blurry vision yet containing an underlying rhythmic clarity, leading into Linda Buckley’s piece for solo piano and electronics, Fridur, puncturing the darkness with luminosity. Not fully adjusted to the darkness quite yet, our eyes and ears are immersed in a dissolution of space and time in Paul Clift’s work The Sea Isn’t Rising, The Ground is Sinking, and then our whole being enveloped in the viscous darkness in Irradiance, a work for solo cello and electronics, by Mario Diaz de Leon. Kennedy Taylor Dixon’s work in plain sight, for percussion and fixed media, crosses us over from a world of dark abstraction into a wide-open space of clarity beginning to emerge through the fog and shadow. As dawn rises, we end with Scott Smallwood’s piano trio, Thali Ringing, where shape and form become tangible again. 

Sculpted Shadow presented by New Music Detroit is performed by Joe Becker, Percussion; Úna O’Riordan, Cello; Justin Snyder, Piano; and Jocelyn Zelasko, voice with Creative Direction by Justin Snyder.

This musical program is free with gallery admission. RSVP is required via the form below.

New Music Detroit (NMD) is a collective of musicians dedicated to performing groundbreaking musical works from the late-20th century to the present day. A highly flexible ensemble with a cast of core members and prominent guest artists, NMD performs new and adventurous classical music in a wide variety of settings, for a wide variety of people.

NMD strives to collaborate with the most exciting creative voices of our time and regularly gives performances of rarely-heard works by today’s major composers.

Through innovative programming and risk-taking, virtuoso performances, NMD continues to explore new ways of bringing the best of new and experimental music to the City of Detroit.  

Photo Credit: Karl Otto (The Ottolab)

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