___________________ PIONEERWORKS PROPOSAL
The intention of the residency is to develop and present the multimedia work Feeling.
Musically, the piece sources its language from electro-acoustic chamber music, free improvisation and loop-based dance music forms. The music seeks to unite the sonics of acoustic instrumental playing with the rhythms and full-frequency impacts of sound system culture. The ensemble will consist of cello, alto flute, voice, guitar, drums, bass clarinet and electronics.
The visual element will consist of projecting video onto silhouettes of the performers. The performers (positioned behind a scrim) will not be seen otherwise. The projected material will include footage of human technology interfacing with the natural world, synthesized / animated representations of nature and intimate human interactions and living spaces captured on home videos.
SCOPE OF THE WORK
In preparation for the ensemble piece, I am making solo pieces for each instrument. Each solo piece will develop an electro-acoustic vocabulary that the instrumentalist will bring to the ensemble. Three of these solo pieces are currently underway - for cello, for alto flute and for voice.
Notated sections of the music rely on graphic scoring in addition to traditional notation. Below are excerpts of the score from the cello piece.
Michael is a musician based in New York City. His music sits at the imagined intersection between sound system culture, pop, granular abstraction and live instrumentation. In addition to his solo releases, Michael has scored film and dance projects including three film scores for Dutch artist Melanie Bonajo and an evening-length dance score for Bessie-wining choreographer Rashaun Mitchell. As a guitarist Michael is sponsored by Augustine Strings.
Wills Glasspiegel (visual media collaborator)
Filmmaker and scholar Wills Glasspiegel has been making short films and documentaries with footwork DJs and dancers in Chicago for the last eight years. Wills works regularly in collaboration with The Era Footwork Crew in Chicago. He received a "Crossing Boundaries" arts prize for his work with The Era in 2016 from Theaster Gate's Arts and Public Life partnership with University of Chicago. Wills' visual art has graced the cover of several prominent albums from Chicago artists like RP Boo. Wills' animations of RP Boo were featured in DIS Magazine, and he also collaborated with RP Boo on the music video documentary "Bangn on King Drive" at Chicago's Bud Billiken Parade. In 2016, Wills worked closely with The Era to bring footwork into the gallery space, debuting the show In the Circle at the Hokin Project in Chicago -- the show included a rare mix of archival media, dance videos, paintings by local dancers, and several photographs and collages by Glasspiegel. Wills has also worked an in-house portrait photographer at MANA Contemporary in Chicago, where he debuted a solo photography show called "Blinked" at MANA in 2016. Wills' short film Freetown Masks was recently installed at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in connection with an exhibition on urban masquerades in Sierra Leone. In 2015, Wills directed the short documentary Icy Lake with record labels Night Slugs and Fade to Mind. In 2012, he co-launched the Shangaan Electro project in Soweto, South Africa, working with London-based record label Honest Jon's. As journalist, Wills has contributed to several outlets including Pitchfork, VICE, and NPR's All Things Considered. Wills was a co-recipient of the Peabody Award for his contributions to the public radio program Afropop Worldwide. Wills is now writing a dissertation at Yale University about the cultural history of Chicago footwork as a PhD student in African American Studies and American Studies.