Sculpted Shadow draws its energy from Scott Hocking’s work Detroit Nights, a photographic series of Detroit seen in shadow and enveloped in the stillness of night. Gilda Lyon’s work A Manual for the Use of Wings opens the program with an incantatory invitation into darkness. With the edges of sight gradually dissolving, the musical program traverses a shadowscape devoid of clarity and form. Thali Ringing by Scott Smallwood depicts a viscous and pulsating darkness as we progress through a series of dreamscapes. Série Blanche by Pierre Jodlowski and An Róbat (The Robot) by Jennifer Walshe leave transient impressions in a dense fog and the shimmering violin solo in Birds In Warped Time II by Somei Satoh transports us through a shapeshifting path carved in air. In an environment deprived of light, in plain sight by Kennedy Taylor Dixon amplifies our awareness of sound as our sense of sight is diminished. As dawn rises in radiant hues of orange and pink, we end with Daniel Wohl’s glimmering work, Pixelated, where shape and form make themselves tangible again as the sky emerges anew.

Sculpted Shadow presented by New Music Detroit is performed by Joe Becker, Percussion; Úna O’Riordan, Cello; Justin Snyder, Piano; Yvonne Lam, Violin; 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)