sunday, september 15, 2 to 4 pm
blanton museum of art
Panoramic Voices presented two world premieres during this event: A Room and a Field by R. Eric McMaster and mythos by teenage composer Mack Felix Hoxie.
R. Eric McMaster's sound installation, A Room and A Field, used over 25 wind chimes (loaned for the event by Music of the Spheres®) to create a sound field that surrounded the viewers. A series of coordinated voice performed by Panoramic Voices highlighted the expansive nature of this listening experience.
The second performance of this work was directed by guest conductor Steve Parker (also the curator of the SoundSpace event).
Mack Felix Hoxie’ choral work mythos dives into the intricate threads that make up a legend passed down through a culture. mythos conveys the hints of an absolute reality, the awe of a powerful legend, and the inexplicable connection a culture has concerning these legends.
About SoundSpace: SoundSpace is a dynamic concert series that brings together musicians and other creatives to connect visual and sound art. Now in its ninth season, the series demonstrates the Blanton’s commitment to nurturing collaborations that provide innovative experiences with art, inspire creativity, and support the educational mission of The University of Texas at Austin. This installment’s performances were created in response to Jeffrey Gibson’s exhibition This Is the Day which includes recent work that draws from his Cherokee and Choctaw heritage, queer identity, and deep engagement with source materials. Artists from Austin, San Antonio, and beyond will respond to the multi-faceted influences that manifest in Gibson’s work ranging from 1980s music, jazz, and soul music to literature and theory to contemporary pop culture.
SoundSpace is generously underwritten by Michael Chesser.
About Steve Parker: Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and curator who creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and behavior. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. He is the recipient of the 2018 Tito’s Art Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harrington Fellowship, the Best of Austin Award, and the Austin Critics’ Table Award.
Panoramic Voices would also like to thank FedEx for their assistance in printing our program for the event.