Now hear this! is the name of the new outdoor exhibit at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.
Subtitled: an exercise in listening, you might be able to guess that these artists composed an interesting experience for you consisting of 5 installations.
For example Stephen Vitiello’s Taking Sound Cues From The Wind plays on the hour and on the half hour from 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Lilian Fountain Garden Theatre. A sonic response to the 1925 play Wings by Joseph S. Thompson. I could sometimes not tell if the rustling of the leaves came from the speakers or just that the wind was moving the leaves next to me. For a while I watched a dragonfly dancing to the music, her abrupt turns fitting the rhythm. I did enjoy this piece and the surrounding distractions.
On the same note Soundings are two audio tours created by Detour, an audio tour guide app. Tours involve new artists and their music while exploring the grounds of the Arts Center.
I took the first audio tour and it starts with an introduction at the box office and guides you down the path through the blue garden. The first composer Theresa Wong shares her experience in Venice, Italy under a trellis. Beautiful and minimalistic: Venice is a Fish.
Next you walk up the path and stop on the next bench to listen to Wayne Horvitz sharing his composition: 55 music and dance in concrete, part 1.
Carmina Escobar’s music can be enjoyed on a bench under the ginkgo tree.
Nina Young ends this interactive walk at the Belvedere with Temenos – an arrangement about architecture and music.
It was a surreal experience listening to these unusual compositions outside in a park combining the calming visuals of greenery with experimental sounds and with the chatter of summer campers.
How will you sharpen your hearing sense?
Now hear this! and Soundings
Monday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Ends October 22nd, 2017